There is no denying how tasty avocados are, not to mention the incredible benefits. What if, instead of going to the store to buy this amazing super fruit, you can go out and choose your own from an avocado tree in your backyard? Follow the instructions below to grow an avocado tree to have abundant organic avocados all year round.
Avocados grow well in Mediterranean, subtropical and tropical climates (zones 8-11). While they get enough water, they can support an extraordinary amount of sun. Due to its rapid development of large leaves and shade, an avocado tree group can take a Mediterranean environment and turn it into a shaded subtropical jungle within 7 years. If you live in a colder climate, you can grow your avocado tree as an indoor plant or as an indoor / outdoor plant; It is unlikely to bear fruit this way, but nevertheless it is still beautiful and fun to grow.
How to grow an avocado tree for endless organic avocados
It is surprisingly easy to grow your own avocado tree and we will show you how to do it in just 7 steps.
Buy an avocado and remove the seed inside. Gently wash any part of the flesh adhering to the seed and then gently dry it. Be careful not to remove the brown skin of the seed. After you have finished this, leave the seed for a few days.
All avocado seeds have an upper and lower side. Look which side has the pointed end that is the top. The lower part will have a flatter shape. This step is vital because if you plant it on the wrong side, your avocado tree will be in danger from the beginning.
Find an empty flowerpot. Fill it with dirt (you can buy it in your fertilizer, garden or forest store). Gently bury the seed in the soil until it is half buried.
Place your pot in front of a window that receives a lot of indirect sunlight. Do not let the seed absorb too much direct sunlight, as it can burn young and fragile shoots. Monitor your plant to make sure it has an adequate balance of indirect and direct sunlight.
Be sure to check the soil every two days to see if you need more water, avocados sprout quickly in a completely moist soil.
This next step is where you should exercise a lot of patience. The seed can take up to two months to germinate. A crack in the seed is the first sign that you are on the right path. A small primary root will begin to grow from the bottom of the seed to the ground.
If your avocado plant has started to grow a couple of leaves, it goes well, otherwise, unfortunately, you may have to start over (or simply decide in advance to raise several avocado trees instead of just one in case lose some). As your avocado tree develops more leaves and grows, you may need to transplant it to a larger pot when you are one year old.
Continue watering the plant regularly and if you wish, add a little organic fertilizer to help with the growth. Avocados require nitrogen and / or at least a good composted soil of good quality to thrive. Feel free to trim your avocado tree to fit your garden, patio or home.
If you live in a warmer climate, you can move your tree outside. Alternatively, turn your tree into an indoor one in winter and outdoors in a summer tree.
Congratulations, now you have your avocado tree. You can graft your favorite varieties of avocados on your tree or simply leave it to produce your own fruit. Remember: you can also grow your avocado tree as an indoor plant or an indoor / outdoor plant. If everything goes your way, you are in the right climate, and you have enough avocado pollen in the air and in the bees, in five to ten years, you will enjoy your fresh avocados, and you will be able to make the best guacamole.
If your avocado seed originally came from a store, the avocados that will grow from your new tree will be of a different kind than the avocado you originally purchased. For example, Hass avocado seeds do not reproduce as true; If the plants, you will get an avocado, but not a Hass avocado.
This is due to the cloning and grafting of most avocado trees (Hass is a clone). In wild nature, avocados reproduce up to the seed, which means that the seed of a wild tree will eventually become a tree that will produce the same kind of avocado variety as its father.
If after seven to ten years, your avocado tree has not started to flower in the winter, you may want to feed it with a richer composted soil (nitrogen); make sure you’re getting enough water too; or maybe shake it with a strong pruning.