Is all you’ve avo wanted a beautiful and healthy avocado tree? Avocados are hugely popular for their high source of nutrients and the fact that they are a low carb plant friendly food. Plus, be-leaf it or not, they are super easy to grow with a bit of patience, love and care.
To grow your avocado plant you will need:
1 plastic cup
1 medium sized pot
Soil – enough to fill your pot of choice
- Take your avocado and cut in in half to access the seed.
- Wash off any excess flesh for a super shiny seed.
- We don’t want to be the devils avocado but, one of the best way to ensure spouting is to peel off the seed’s outer skin to reveal the lighter layer underneath. This means that when the new stem is prepared to form the seed can crack when it’s ready.
- Making sure the seed is facing upwards, (the top is the more rounded and pointed side) stick in your 3 toothpicks about ¾ of the way up the seed at an upward angle.
- You should then be able to rest your avocado seed in the plastic cup.
- Fill your cup until it’s just over halfway up the seed and set it up on a window with lots of sunlight. Change the water every 5 days or so to prevent any fungus or bacteria growth.
- You should be seeing a sprout in around 4 to 8 weeks.
- When your seed has begun to grow a stem and has reached at least 6 inches tall it is then ready to pot.
- In order not to damage the root system, make sure that your chosen pot is deep enough to hold your plant and its roots without separating them. Plan out where they will be placed before adding soil.
- Add a base layer of soil and then position your plant. Hold it steadily whilst filling in the rest of your soil until level with the toothpicks.
- Slowly pull out your toothpicks. If they are too stiff to remove you can also cut them at the base, it may sound pit-ifully wrong but it’s ok!
- Give it a light water with room temperature water, making sure not to over do it and just moisten the soil.
- Remember to water it regularly as it and give it a weekly feed of fertiliser, as well as keeping an eye on your plant to make sure it’s tall and healthy.
Your tree should start to produce fruit in a few years depending on the type of avocado you’ve used. Avo great time planting!