How To Grow Your Own Avocado Tree In Small Garden Pot
Avocados are delicious pear-shaped fruits that are great for salads and guacamole. If you eat this fruit often why not try planting it in a small garden pot and grow your own tree and save yourself time and money.
Now while the avocado tree is a warm season plant and can be easily destroyed by cold and frost. You can now learn how to plant this tree in a small garden pot and have it in your home.
- Extract the seed.
Start by removing the pit from the avocado carefully (without cutting it), and then washing it clean of all the avocado fruit (often it helps to soak the pit in some water for a few minutes and then scrub all the remaining fruit off). Be careful not to remove the brown skin on the pit – that is the seed cover.
- Pierce the seed.
Some avocado pits are slightly oblong, whereas others are shaped almost like perfect spheres – but all avocado pits have a ‘bottom’ (from where the roots will grow), and a ‘top’ (from which the sprout will grow). The slightly pointier end is the top, and the flat end is the bottom. In order to get your pit to sprout, you will need to place the bottom root end in water, so it’s very important to figure out which end is the ‘top’ and which is the ‘bottom’ before you go piercing it with toothpicks.
- Soak the seed in water.
Rest the bottom half of the avocado in water, so therefore the toothpicks need to be wedged in there firmly. I recommend sticking them in at a slight angle (pointing down), so that more of your avocado base rests in the water when you set this over a glass.
- Let the seed sprout.
You will notice the top end of the avocado seed will split and out of it will come a stem sprout, while its roots will grow out from its bottom end; this occurs in about three to six weeks. As soon as the stem is about five or six inches in length, you should just cut off the first set of leaves. By the next two or three weeks a fresh set of leaves will sprout out and also more roots will grow out at its base.
5.Step five – it’s time to trim the sprout
As soon as the sprout tail reaches about 6 or 7 inches, you will need to trim it to half its length in order to promote fresh growth.
6.Step six – You should now get ready to plant
Get a large flower pot and place in it an enriched potting soil. The flower pot can be about 8″ to 10″ across. Ensure that the soil is filled to approximately an inch from the top of your pot. Then you are expected to create a small hole at the center of the soil and gently place your seed by its bottom end into the hole. You should moisten your soil with lots of water afterwards and when you have done that you are done.
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