One of the best and sweetest summer fruits is avocado. You probably have wanted to have it in unlimited amounts, so, next time you are preparing quacamole or you are slicing an avocado for a salad, try to save your pits and use them for growing an avocado tree. This fruit has the same shape as pears and it has delicious flavor. It is also rich in nutrients and this makes it excellent for consumption, whether alone or as an addition to your diet. The avocado plant, or tree, grows in warm areas and it is easily harmed by coldness and frost. That is why gardeners who live at the north must learn how to grow their own avocado houseplant in order to enjoy its fruits, domestically grown.
1. Extract the seed Begin by carefully extracting the pit from the avocado, without cutting it. Once you have successfully done that, wash it clean of the avocado fruit (you can soak the put in some water for several minutes and then scrub the fruit that has remained). Make sure you leave the brown skin (the seed cover) on the pit and you do not remove it.
2. Pierce the seed There are avocado pits that are oblong, and there are some that have almost perfect spherical shape. Whatever the case, all avocado pits have a ‘bottom’, or a part where the root grows from, and a ‘top’, pr part where the sprout grows from. You can recognize the top because of its slightly pointer end, which makes it different from the bottom which is flat at its end. If you want to get your pit to sprout, place the bottom root end in water. This is why it is very important to find out which end is the ‘top’ and which one is the ‘bottom’ before you pierce it using toothpicks.
3. Soak the seed in water Place the bottom end of the seed of the avocado in water, making sure that the toothpicks are firmly wedged in there. It is recommended that you stick them in at a slight angle and make sure it is pointing down, so that a bigger part of your avocado base rests in the water when you set this over a glass.
4. Let the seed sprout Three to six weeks later, the top of the avocado pit will start splitting and the stem sprout will emerge from the top and the roots will start growing at the base. When the stem becomes around five or six inches, you should pinch out the top set of leaves. Then, two or three weeks after this, new leaves will sprout and more roots will emerge.
5. Trim the sprout Once the sprout tail becomes six or seven inches long, trim it in half so that you encourage new growth.
6. Prepare to plant Take a large flowerpot (about 8-10 inches across) and fill it in with enriched potting soil to around an inch from the tip of the pot. In the center of the soil, make a small hole and put the pit in it, with its root end down. Water the soil so that the pit has enough moisture. Always water it generously and make sure the soil is thoroughly wet.