Avocados are an amazing summer fruit, right? Have you ever thought of having your own avocado tree in your garden or backyard? If so, the next time you are making guacamole or avocado salad, save the pits.
These pear-shaped fruits are a tasty, delicious food which can be a great condiment or eaten alone. The avocado tree is a warm season plant and it can get easily damaged by frost and cold. In order to have your own avocado tree, follow these steps:
- First, remove the pit from the avocado and then wash it. Be careful not to remove the brown skin on the pit-the seed cover.
- Some avocado pits are oblong whereas others have spherical shape. In order to get the pit to sprout, place the bottom root end in water. This is why it is important to figure out which end is the top and which is the bottom before you pierce it with toothpicks. Usually, the pointer end is the top, and the flatter end is the bottom.
- Next, rest the bottom half of the avocado in water and wedge the toothpicks there firmly. Stick them in at a slight angle pointing down so that more of the avocado base rests in water when you set this over a glass.
- After three to six weeks, the top of the avocado pit will begin to split and a sprout will appear and roots at the base. When the stem grows to six inches, pinch out the top set of leaves and in another two or three weeks, new leaves will begin to sprout and there will be more roots as well.
- Trim the sprout tail in half to encourage new growth once it grows to 7 inches.
- Place potting soil in a large flowerpot and fill the soil to about an inch from the pot’s top. Put the pit in the center of the soil with the root downwards. Water the pit regularly so that the soil is thoroughly moist.