Avocados are the trend food of the moment. Restaurants are offering avocado toast for breakfast, delicious salads are made with avocado, a toasted avocado and bacon sandwich is divine, and then there is guacamole!
Avocados are filled with nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They have a high fibre content, contain potassium, and then vitamins B5, B6, C, K and E. Avocados have heart health fats are not only a superfood but they are delicious too.
Avocados are expensive. Greengrocers or supermarkets can make big profits out of the humble avo, and they do. You could stop paying such high prices and be self-sufficient. You will be able to have fresh avocados every day and they will be organic too.
How to grow an avocado tree from seed:
What you need
- Avocado pip or seed
- Four toothpicks
- A jar or glass
- Water and sunlight.
Sprout your avocado
Clean the seed and then holding it with the top end up, stick the four toothpicks at different angles, into your avo. Two at the top, two at the bottom, at angles, so the avo does not touch the glass. The shape is similar to that of a shield.
Place the seed in a jar or glass of water. The toothpicks will keep the seed to soak in just an inch of water.
Keep the seed in a warm place, out of direct sunlight. After a few days you will see roots begin to form, and then a stem. Wait until the stem has grown to six inches, then cut it back to three. Leaves will start growing too.
Plant your avocado
You are going to plant the avo when the stem is back to six inches. Take your pot which should be filled with nutrient rich soil. Add your seed to the soil, adding compost too. Only half the seed should be buried in the soil.
How to care for your avocado
You now have a potted avocado. Keep it in a sunny area. You need to water it generously and regularly. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Your pot should have good drainage to get rid of the excess water.
Problems with the tree
Brown leaves – your tree is not getting enough water. If this happens run water through the soil for a minute or two and soak it. Make sure the excess water keeps draining.
Yellow leaves – your tree is getting too much water. Leave the plant to dry out for a few days and then continue with a more regular watering schedule.
Your tree should start bearing fruit after a year or two. Be patient, love your plant, water it, feed it and nurture it. When you do start getting fruit it will be in abundance, will save you a huge amount of money and give you great joy too.
Source: The Hearty Soul