Ever thought of planting your own avocado tree from scratch and growing Avocados that provide nearly 20 essential nutrients? Planting your own avocado tree from tree is actually quite simple and fun. It is a perfect DIY project for all ages – for either your the garden, indoors, and also they make a great educational project for home and classrooms. Here is how to do it :
1. Take the avocado and cut into 2 equal halves. Take out the fruit and enjoy as you would usually do, then remove the seed from the center, clean with fresh water and make sure there is no fruit on it. Dry the seed completely as a wet seed might get slippery and become hard to use.
2. Push some toothpicks inside the seed from all four sides into the middle. After putting the toothpicks into the seed, place it in a full glass of water so that the pointy end of the seed faces upward while the round part is immersed in the water by an inch. 3. Keep the glass in a semi warm place away from direct sunlight. Leave for 4-6 weeks, and make sure you monitor regularly to see if water needs to be added. The seed will sprout a stem and roots. Once the stem is 6 inches long, cut it to 3 inches. The stem will again start to grow and will grow leaves.
3.Take out the seed from the glass to a large pot, 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep. Add some very rich fertile soil and compost to the pot and plant the seed. The root of the seed should be pushed inside the soil about 1-3 inches. The top half of the seed should remain outside the pot.
4. Place the pot where it can get good sunlight, air, and water. The soil should remain moist but not saturated. Use a pot with good drainage. Keeping the pot out in your garden is a good idea. Pinch the top leaves of the plant every time the stem length increases by 6 inches. Doing so encourages growth of the pant.
5. Start planting in the Spring. If you do not have a garden, daily take your plant outside for sunlight and fresh air. Now is the time for patience. Usually it takes 7-15 years for the avocado tree to yield fruit.
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