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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stop Buying Avocados Because You Can Grow An Avocado Tree In A Small Pot At Home! Here's How!


Thanks to guacamole and toast, the avocado is finally getting the recognition it deserves. This glorious green fruit, aside from tasting great with almost everything, is also packed with nutrients. Vitamins C, K, B5, B6, and E are found alongside potassium, folate, heart-healthy fats (such as monounsaturated fat) and high fiber content.

But with its newfound fame is the rising price of avocados in the market. So why pay extra for something that you could grow at home?

It might take some time before you could harvest the avocados, but the fruits of your labor will definitely be worth it.

Here are what you’ll need to start growing your own avocados:

- pit of avocado
- toothpicks
- small glass
- 10-inch terra cotta pot
- nutrient-rich soil



1. Sprout the avocado pit

Rinse well the pit, then dry. At its widest part, stick four toothpicks into the seed at equal distances to suspend the pit over a glass of water. Make sure that the water covers about an inch of the seed, with the pointy end of the pit sticking up. Put it in a warm place (but out of direct sunlight) for 2-6 weeks. Ensure to maintain the water level.

During this time, the roots and stem will sprout from the seed. Once the stem grows up to 6 inches long, trim it in half. Watch and wait for more leaves to grow and for the stem to reach 6 inches again before potting the seedling.

Stop Buying Avocados Because You Can Grow An Avocado Tree In A Small Pot At Home! Here's How!


2. Pot the seedling

Plant the seedling (roots down, of course!) to a 10-inch pot with loose, sandy, nutrient-rich soil. Leave the top half of the pit exposed above the soil. Every time the stems grow another 6 inches or so, pinch back the newest top leaves to make the plant grow fuller.

Keep the plant in a sunny place. You may also transplant it in an outside area that gets plenty of indirect sunlight.

Stop Buying Avocados Because You Can Grow An Avocado Tree In A Small Pot At Home! Here's How!

3. Watch the fruits of labor

Remember to give your plant frequent and light watering. If the leaves turn yellow, you are over-watering the plant so cut down on the amount of water and frequency. If the leaves become dry and brown, the plant is not getting enough water thus, increase the water amount. Remember to keep the soil moist but not saturated.

It would take 5-13 years for an avocado plant to bear fruit, so just sit back and watch it grow. In no time, you’ll be picking the fruits of your labor.

Stop Buying Avocados Because You Can Grow An Avocado Tree In A Small Pot At Home! Here's How!

Via DIYEverywhere

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