Everybody loves avocados. You can put them on your sandwiches, mash them into a dip or even blend them up in a smoothie. Although we all know avocados are amazing, depending are where you live, they can also be very expensive, especially if you’re trying to buy organic, pesticide-free ones. This is why I’m going to show you how to grow your own avocados in the comfort of your home in 6 simple steps.
1. Keep the Pit
In order to grow your own avocados, you’re going to have to buy at least one from the grocery store. Carefully remove the pit (aka the seed) and rinse off all of the avocado bits that are stuck to it. You can soak it in water for a few minutes for easier cleaning. Make sure not to damage or remove the brown skin that surrounds the pit.
2. Identify the Ends
Avocado seeds can range in shape and size slightly, but generally they resemble an oval-shaped sphere. They have a flat “bottom”, which is the area that the roots grow from, and rounder, slightly pointier, top, which is where the plant grows from. It is important to keep this in mind when you “plant” the avocado.
3. Soak the Seed
Pierce the seed with three to four toothpicks along the side of the avocado near the bottom. Then place it on top of a glass or some other type of container so that it is suspended above the water with only the bottom of the seed being soaked.
4. Give It Time to Sprout
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You should see the top of the seed begin to sprout and split around three to six weeks after soaking it in water. You will also notice roots will have grown to the base of the container. Once the stem is around six inches long, trip the set of leaves that are at the top of the plant.
5. Trim the Sprout
About two to three weeks after trimming the first set of leaves you should notice a new set of leaves and a lot more roots. Once the sprout reaches around seven inches in height, cut it in half. This will encourage more growth.
6. Plant It.
Fill a large flowerpot with potting soil. Fill the soil to almost the top of the pot, leaving around an inch or two of space. Dig a small hole in the center of the soil and place the pit in it with the roots making contact with the soil. Water the soil generously for the first time, making sure it is thoroughly moist.
How To Take Care of Your Tree
There you have it! It is that easy to plant your own avocado tree. Another benefit of having your own avocado tree is that it is almost as easy to maintain as it is to plant. Here are some tips on how to take care of one:
- Use a soil with a pH that is between 6 and 6.5, as avocado trees thrive in this environment
- Elevate the tree in a “mound” of soil for better water drainage
- Don’t put gravel or any other types of planting mediums in your soil as it will keep the roots from growing
- Water trees only two to three times a week, make sure that it has almost no moisture before watering
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