If you have no idea about all the rave for avocados, you must have been living under a rock! People have started adding this fruit to meals at home and in restaurants. This trend is not bad for the body. The avocado has potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, and all the heart-healthy fats and a high fiber content.
However, there is still a downside to this trend. The price of avocados has gone up by 25% in the last year. All the stores want to maximize their profits. Thus, if you want to save some money and eat fresh, organic avocados it would be best to grow an avocado tree at home. The best part is that you do not need a lot of space because the avocado tree is small and easy to grow
With a little time and love, you will manage to grow some organic avocados at home, therefore, start with the gardening!
How to Grow and Avocado Tree at Home
Take an avocado seed and clean it well so that you know which end is top and which bottom. Then, stick four toothpicks in the seed at equal distances apart about halfway down. From there, get a glass of water and set the seed inside. The toothpicks are there to keep it soaking in the water. You can also buy some seed sprouting kit so that this part is easier for you.
When done, you need to put the seed out of direct sunlight, but in a warm place until the stem grows to six inches and the roots can be seen. This might take you two to six weeks. At this point, the stem needs to be cut back to three inches. You need to wait for the leaves to grow and for the stem to reach six inches before you plant it.
Get a large plant pot, around 10 inches in diameter, with a small hole in the bottom for drainage. Just fill the pot with nutrient rich soil and leave a hole in the top of the compost so that the seed can go in. Finally, place the seed in the hole and make sure that it is not too deep. Half of the seed needs to be exposed above the soil. You can purchase an avocado planter as well.
When you plant the avocado tree, you need to move it into a sunny area. You should water the tree regularly with a lot of water. The soil needs to be moist but not saturated. If the leaves begin to turn yellow and drop, it means that you are over watering the plant. To save it, do not water it for a few days and lower the amount of water.
If the leaves begin to turn yellow and drop, it means that you are over watering the plant. To save it, do not water it for a few days and lower the amount of water.
Make sure you take regular care of the tree so that it can flourish. You might need to wait a few years before it starts to bear fruit, however, when it does, you will enjoy your delicious avocados.
On the other hand, if the leaves are dry and brown, it means that the plant is not getting enough water. You should put the pot in the sink in this case and let the water in the soil for a couple of minutes. Drain the excess water before you take the plant out of the sink.
Now that you know what to do, get your avocados at home. Sure, it is a long process, however, once you get them, you will be thankful!