In recent years avocado (also known as Alligator pear) are increasingly began to be used in everyday life as foods full of nutritional value.
From smoothies, guacamole, as an addition to salads and meats to spreads, avocado can be prepared in various ways.
Due to the high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids, avocado is an excellent substitute for meat, fish and dairy products. It contains three times more potassium than bananas.
Besides potassium it also contains iron, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin A, folic acid and vitamin C and E.
Avocado is a food that stands out by the number of fiber, and here it leads in fruits and vegetables too. It is eaten raw though some varieties (such as Hass avocados) can be cooked for a short time without becoming bitter.
However, avocado is not only edible, but is also a beautiful house plant.
So next time, when you buy avocados, to prepare some exotic dishes, do not rush to throw away the seed. It can be planted, and soon you will have entry-level, a nice house plant.
With these simple tips you will learn how to plant and maintain an avocado tree. Are you ready to get your gardening gloves and get to work?
How to grow an avocado tree from seed:
It is quite easy to grow an avocado tree from the seeds of the fruit, and here’s the whole procedure explained step by step.
Sprouting the avocado seed
First, it is necessary to remove and carefully clean the seed from the remaining fruit. To avoid damage to the brown skin that covers it, it will help you if you soak the seed for a few minutes in water before you scratch the remains of avocado from it.
Determine which end is the top and which is the bottom of the seed, from which the roots will grow. The top part is a little more acute than the bottom.
Stick the seed with three toothpicks at equal distance one from the other, and this at a slight downward angle so that the toothpick can serve as holders for the seed, while its lower half is in the water.
Put the avocado seed in a glass of water so that it is half dipped in water. Place the future avocado tree on a sunny windowsill.
It is best to use a transparent glass as you will easily be able to check whether the root grows and whether to change the water.
It is best to replace the water every five to seven days, in order to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi.
Then wait for the first sprout, germination may take two to four weeks, but often it even takes more than eight weeks.
Planting the avocado tree: Avocados loves the!
Do not let the roots remain without water because otherwise the plant will die. When the tree grows to a height of about 15 cm, shorten it in half. This will encourage new growth. Once it again rises to about 15 cm, plant it in a rich humus in a smaller bowl, leaving the top half of the seeds above the ground. Place it on a sunny windowsill.
Once you have planted the avocado tree, place it into a sunny area of your home. Make sure to water it regularly and generously, ensuring that the soil remains moist but not saturated.
A clear sign that your avocado tree isn’t getting enough water is when the leaves begin to turn brown and dry. To solve this problem, put the pot in the sink, allowing the water to run through the soil for a few seconds.
Of course, drain any excess water before taking the tree out of the sink.
On the other hand, when the leaves start to turn yellow and droop, that means your tree is over watered. To solve it, don’t water the tree for a few days and in the future lower the amount of water you give it.
Be sure to give your avocado tree the proper care and regular maintenance in order for it to flourish and give you ripe fruits. It may take a couple of years before the tree starts to bear the first fruits but once it does you will be enjoying the health benefits of your very own homegrown and delicious avocados.