• Kim Bresseleers

How to grow your own avocado tree

Updated: Aug 13


To brighten up your house or garden, you don't have to buy expensive plants or trees at all. It is much more fun and cheaper to grow your own plants and trees. Have you ever thought about growing your own avocado tree?

How to grow your own avocado tree


SUPPLIES:


1 avocado 1 glass 3 toothpicks


INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Cut the avocado in half and carefully remove the pit. If the pit is damaged, it will be a lot more difficult to get a plant out of it.

  2. Rinse the pit well and dry it with a clean tea towel. During rinsing, make sure that no pulp is left on the pit, otherwise it will rot.

  3. Hold the pit well. The narrow side is the top, the round part the bottom. At the same height, insert three toothpicks diagonally up through the thickest part (usually the center) and balance the pit with the toothpicks on the edge of the glass. You want the bottom of the pit to get into the water, but not the rest. Don't press too hard. They really shouldn't pierce the pit.

  4. Fill the glass with water until about 2 cm from the bottom is in the water.

  5. Place the glass in a sunny, warm place.

CARE AND GERMINATION:


  1. Change the water every other day and always make sure that the avocado pit touches the water. Make sure the water is lukewarm.

  2. In the first weeks, the pit does little. It can take up to 8 to 12 weeks for your pit to take root. So don't give up too soon!

  3. Once the roots are 5-10 cm long, the top will also tear open and a tiny plant will emerge. Now is the time to transfer the plant to a pot.


POTTING:


  1. Now you can transfer the pit to a pot with moist potting soil. Make sure that the pot has a diameter of about 15 cm: avocados need space.

  2. Give the plant a little water every other day. Make sure that the soil does not remain completely wet, the water should immediately sink down. If this does not happen, do not water it for 5 days. Preference is also given to a pot with a hole in the bottom, so that the excess water can drain away.

  3. Your plant needs a lot of light, so put it in a sunny, warm place.

  4. After about three months you will see that it really starts to grow. As soon as the stem thickens, you can transfer it to solid ground or an even larger pot.

  5. From this moment on it will take a while again, but after about 5 years of good care, more and more fruits will grow and after 7 years you can really reap the benefits of the tree with a little luck.


NOTES:


  • Remember that the avocado is a tropical plant, so it is best to keep it as a houseplant depending on where you live.

  • Download the how-to guide.




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