Avocados are simple all around us! These green little fruits are one of the most common ingredients of various meals and desserts these days.
However, despite its mild aroma and delicious taste, this fruit has become this popular due to its high nutritional value as well, as it contains high fiber content, heart-healthy fats, vitamin E, C, K, B5, B6, and potassium.
It has numerous health benefits, such as: reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, helps weight loss, reduces symptoms of arthritis, lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels and many more.
Despite the fact that avocado is a fruit that can grow only in warm places, the following steps will show you how to plant the tree in a small pot and keep it inside.
Step 1: REMOVE THE SEED
Take your avocado seed and stick four toothpicks into it. Make sure they are placed at about halfway down from the top and at an equal distance. The toothpicks should be nice and even since they will help suspend the seed.
Then, place the avocado seed in a cup of water so that its dimpled end is soaking in an inch of water. Use the toothpicks as presented in the image below.
Allow the seed soak for two to six weeks in a warm place and away from direct sunlight.
During this time, you should see roots and stem sprout. When the stem becomes 6-inch long, cut it back to three inches. Allow the roots to thicken and the leaves to grow.
Step 2: TIME TO PLANT
Get yourself a large plant pot approximately ten inches in diameter, with a small hole in the bottom for drainage. Fill the pot with nutrient rich soil, leaving a small hole in the top of the compost for your seed to go in. Place the seed in the hole ensuring that it isn’t too deep and that half of the seed is exposed above the soil.
If the leaves start to color yellow or droop, allow your seed some time to dry out, and then continue watering with smaller amount. If the leaves color brown and dry, then you are probably not watering your avocado enough. Place the pot in the sink and allow the water run through it gently for some moments, making sure your plant is fully drained.
ENJOY YOUR OWN AVOCADO
You made it! Continue watering your avocado, and you should notice fruits start forming, although this will take a long period.