The avocado is basically a large berry containing a single seed. Unsurprisingly, fruit made it to the list of the world’s healthiest foods because it provides up to 20 essential nutrients which include potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B, fiber and folic acids. It’s not much of a surprise that there is a wide range of ways that the avocado can be eaten. Starting from eating it once it’s ripe, it also ranges from being cooked, prepared and eaten from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to dessert. Not to mention avocado cakes and shakes. With all the health benefits we can get from an avocado, growing an avocado is easier than you think. Here are the trouble-free steps to grow one:
First thing you need to do is to find the seed of the avocado. Gently remove the seed from the middle of the fruit and be careful not to cut it. Once you removed the seed, wash it clean of all the avocado fruit. A simple technique of removing the residues from the seed is to soak it in water for a few minutes then proceed to scrub all the remaining fruit off. Make sure that you don’t peel the brown skin which is the seed’s cover.
Once you’ve got the seed, locate which end of the seed is top and bottom. This is important because the bottom part is where the roots will grow and the upper portion is where the avocado will sprout. The pointier part of the seed indicates the top end. Next, stick four toothpicks at a slight downward angle spaced equally around the seed’s circumference. These toothpicks will serve as the support for your seed when you do the next step.
Place half of the avocado seed submerged in a glass of water. For monitoring purposes, use a clear glass to see the progress visibly. With half of the seed submerged in a glass of water, place the glass in a warm place out of direct sunlight and replenish water as needed. This is to prevent the growth of bacteria, fungus and molds which could be the death of the seed.
From here is the waiting game. After 2-8 weeks of patiently waiting, you should see the roots and stem starting to sprout. Don’t allow your taproot to dry out not submerged in water. It is through this process that the growth of the plant is vital.
Wait until the stem is 6-7 inches long then cut it back to 3 inches to push new growth. It will grow back again to 6-7 inches and this is the time when you will transfer the avocado from being submerged in water to a rich humus soil. Again, leave the top half of seed exposed and this time place the pot exposed to the sun. Give it regular watering for the soil to always be moist.
When the stem reaches 12 inches pinch out the set of two leaves at the top to enable the plant to grow side shoots and more leaves for the plant to be bushy. Then from here on, continue with the watering of the avocado plant. Be patient about seeing the fruit. It can take from 5-13 years for a seed to mature enough and set fruit. This is because a commercially grown avocado is grown grafted from branches to control the results. A naturally grown avocado may be different from its parent. And there you have it. Good luck with growing your own avocado tree!