High in nutrition and flavor, avocados are known as one of the most delicious fruits.
But, did you know that you can easily grow your own avocado tree, only by getting a pit from an overripe avocado? The next time you eat an avocado, keep in mind to save the stone or pit.
Avocado tree can grow up 70 feet in height, with leaves which are about 5 to 10 inches long. The fruit is about 4 to 9 inches long and has 1 single seed in the center.
In Central America or Mexico, California and Florida in the USA is rare to see a fully grown avocado tree. Most of the people have tried to grow one in their own surroundings and they did not succeed in it.
In this article we’re going to present you how to get a full–grown avocado tree from a little seed in few easy steps.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Remove the seed and wash off all the green remains from the fruit.
- Then, dry the seed by gently dubbing with paper towel.
- Use 3 toothpicks in order to stab the seed. The toothpicks should be around 1/3 of the height.
- Place the avocado seed in a jar filled with tepid water.
- Keep the jar in a warm place.
Note: Do not put the jar under direct sunlight.
- Check the water level regularly and make sure that at least 1 inch of the pit is in the water.
Note: The pit will split in 4 to 6 weeks. If you do not see any change in the pit, throw the pit out and purchase another avocado and start all over.
- When the stem grows up to 6 inches you can cut it down to 3 just to strengthen the stem.
- You will have to plant the avocado seedling, after 3 more weeks.
- Take a medium size flower pot and put in some enriched potting soil up to about an inch at the top.
- The soil has to be wet. Make a hole in the middle of the soil and put the pit in.
While you grow this tree you need to take care of the following points:
- If the tree is exposed to more sunlight, it will grow bigger.
- Make sure that the soil is moist, water lightly on a regular basis.
- If the leaves are getting yellowish in color it is a sign that you are over-watering,
- When the avocado tree reaches the height of about 12 inches high you have to cut the it down to 6 inches. This will cause the tree to grow sideways and to have more leaves.
- You need to be patient, because this tree will provide fruits in about 7 to 15 years.
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