Unless you’ve been stranded on a deserted island for the past couple of years, you’ll have noticed that avocados are everywhere! This little green fruit has been added to meals in almost every restaurant and home recipe possible. The ‘avocado trend’ is no bad thing for your body, as the fruit contains potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E. As well as possessing heart-healthy fats and a high fiber content.
The one downside of the trend is that over the past year the average price of avocados has gone up by over 25% as grocery stores look to maximize their profits. To save yourself some money and be able to eat fresh, organic avocados growing your own avocado tree is a must. The word tree may insinuate that you need an enormous amount of space. However, an avocado is a small and easy to grow tree.
We explain how to grow your own avocados in few simple steps, without needing a whole backyard.
1. Sprout Avocado Seed
Take your avocado seed and stick four toothpicks into it. Make sure they are placed at about halfway down from the top and at an equal distance. The toothpicks should be nice and even since they will help suspend the seed.
Then, place the avocado seed in a cup of water so that its dimpled end is soaking in an inch of water. Use the toothpicks as presented in the image below.
Allow the seed soak for two to six weeks in a warm place and away from direct sunlight.
During this time, you should see roots and stem sprout. When the stem becomes 6-inch long, cut it back to three inches. Allow the roots to thicken and the leaves to grow.
2. Time to Plant
Next, you should take a big pot with a diameter of ten inches, which also has a hole in the bottom for drainage. Fill the pot with a soil rich in nutrients. At the top of the soil, make a hole for the seed and put the seed there. Don’t plant the seed too deeply in the soil; plant only one half of it. The other half should remain above the soil.
Place the pot at a place with a lot of sunlight and make sure you water it often and generously. The soil should be moist, not saturated. If there is no sufficient amount of water in the soil, the leaves are going to become dry and brown. If this happens, you would need to put the pot in the sink and turn the tap on for the water to run through the soil. The excess amount of water should then be drained and, in the end, the pot should be taken out of the sink.
3. Enjoy Your Own Avocado!
You did it!
Keep on water and tending to your perfect indoor avocado tree and you’ll start to see some avocado fruits forming.