Avocado is a popular fruit known for its health benefits. But did you know that you can grow avocado trees from avocado stones? It’s a simple process that only takes a few steps. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? In this article, we’ll show you how to grow your own avocado plants in a few simple steps and turn them into magnificent trees.
What you need to grow your own avocado tree:
- Avocado stone
- A glass of warm water
- Wooden skewers
- A pot
- Potting soil
Have a quick guacamole to fortify yourself, and with the avocado seed left over, let’s get started:
Step 1: It’s all in the pit!
The first step in planting avocado trees from pits is to select a suitable avocado pit. The seed should be fresh and come from a ripe avocado. If you are using a supermarket avocado, simply remove the pit from the center of the avocado once you are ready to use the fruit. The pit should be large and complete, with no cracks or damage, so it will be beautiful! 😊.
Step 2: Remove the skin
Once you have a suitable avocado stone, you will need to remove the brown skin by carefully scoring it with a knife and gently peeling it away. It is important to take care not to damage the pit.
Step 3: Core ready to sprout
Once you have removed the skin, you need to soak the avocado seed. Take 3 wooden skewers and insert them evenly into the center of the avocado seed. Place the pit in a glass of water, making sure that only the bottom half of the pit is submerged. The water should be lukewarm and changed daily for 5-6 days. As soon as you see the first small roots, the core is ready for the soil!
Step 4: Planting in the ground
Once the core has been soaked, you can plant it in a pot of soil. Fill the pot with soil and make a hole in the middle. The core should be half buried in the soil.
Step 5: It’s thirsty, water it
Once the seed is in the ground, you will need to water it regularly. Make sure the soil is moist but not soggy. After water, it is best to place it in the sink for a short time to drain off any excess water. Avocado trees like moist soil, but too much water can cause root rot. Water the tree once a week and make sure the pot is well drained.
Step 6: Let the sun shine
Avocado trees need plenty of sunlight to grow. Place the pot in a sunny spot where the tree receives at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. If you keep the tree indoors, place it near a sunny window. In winter, make sure the plant is not placed over a radiator as this will dry it out and the air will be far too dry.
Step 7: Give it some love
Of course, love does not mean hugs and bedtime stories, but once the avocado tree starts to grow, you will need to give it regular care. Make sure it gets enough water and sunlight to stay healthy. You can also remove dead or damaged leaves and branches to encourage growth.
Step 8: Tree to be
When the avocado tree is large enough to be transplanted into the garden, you can either plant it in a larger container or directly in the ground. Make sure that the soil in the garden is well-drained and that the tree has enough room to grow. It is also important to make sure that the tree gets enough sun and is not exposed to too much wind.
Growing avocado trees from seed can be a fun and easy way to add some greenery to your garden. With a little patience and care, you can grow your own avocado trees and in a few years, you will be able to harvest and enjoy your own avocado crop. So what are you waiting for? Get started and become an avocado tree expert!