Everyone loves a tasty avocado and would like to eat them every day. Take you avocado-love a step further and follow this guide to growing your own avocado tree.
STEP ONE: BUY ONE (OVERPRICED) AVOCADO
Enjoy your avocado in a delicious salad, on toast or make your own chocolate avocado mousse. But make sure you save the pit from the avocado – be careful not to cut it when removing it.
STEP TWO: WASH AND WORK OUT WHICH END IS ‘UP’ AND ‘DOWN’
Clean off all the avocado fruit from the pit. Soak it in some water for a few minutes if its tough to remove. Make sure you don’t remove the seed’s cover – the brown skin on the pit.
For your pit to sprout, the bottom end of it needs to be in the water. The pointier end of the pit is the top (this is where your plant will sprout from), and the flatter end the bottom (where roots grow).
STEP THREE: STAB THE SEED
Using three toothpicks, pierce them into the seed on a slight downward angle. Make sure the toothpicks are evenly spaced around the middle of the seed. These will act as scaffolding to allow the bottom of the seed sit in the water – so make sure they aren’t going to come loose and fall out.
STEP FOUR: MAKE A BATH FOR YOUR SEED
The best place to help the seed sprout is on a windowsill with decent sunlight. So you can see when roots grow, balance the toothpicks on a clear glass and half-submerge the seed in water. Change the water regularly- every five to seven days to prevent mould and fungus growth that can kill your sprout.
STEP FIVE: PATIENCE
It may take anywhere from 2-8 weeks before your little friend starts to sprout, so you’ll need a lot of patience. When your tree is about 15cm tall, cut it back to about half the size to encourage growth. Plant it in humus soil, leaving the top of the seed exposed. Leave your plant in a sunny place – avocados love sun.
While your little tree is growing, here’s what to expect:
-The top of the pit will form a crack once it dries out and the brown skin will flake off.
-The crack will continue down to the bottom of the pit where a tiny root will soon grow.
-As the root grows, a small sprout will emerge at the top of the seed. Make sure not to let the roots dry out!
This avocado tree is now yours to raise – it may take 3-4 years before they produce fruit.