Avocado has become this popular due to its high nutritional value, as it contains high fiber content, potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin C.
Unfortunately, the more popular this fruit becomes, the higher its price on the market is. The grocery stores try to profit as much as possible, so the price of this fruit has been gone up by over 25%.
To save some money and be able to eat fresh organic avocados, growing your own avocado tree is a must. The word tree may insinuate that you need a huge amount of space, but an avocado is a small and easy to grow tree.
How to grow your own organic avocado tree:
- You should carefully clean the avocado seed, and make sure you know which is top and which is the bottom.
- Stick 4 toothpicks into it, at equal distances apart about halfway down.
- Then, place the seed in a glass of water, and the toothpick should keep it soaking in an inch of water.
- Place the seed in a warm place with a direct sunlight. Wait for 2 – 6 weeks, until the stem has grown 6 inches.
- Then, cut back the stem to 3 inches.
- Wait for more leaves to grow and the stem to reach six inches again before planting.
- Find a large pot with a diameter of 10 inches, with a hole in the bottom for drainage.
- Fill the pot with nutrient rich soil. Leave a small hole in the top, for the seed.
- Then place the seed in the hole and make sure that it isn’t too deep and the half of the seed is exposed above the soil.
- Keep the pot in a sunny place, and water it regularly and generously. It should not be saturated, but keep it moist.
- If the leaves begin to turn brown and dry, it is a clear sign that the plant isn’t getting enough water. In this case, you should put the pot in the sink, turn the tap on and allow the water to run through the soil.
- Drain the excess water before you take the plant out of the sink.
- If the leaves begin to turn yellow and droop, you are over watering your plant. In this case, you should not water the plant for a few days and lower the amount of water you give it in the future.
To flourish, the avocado tree needs regular care and maintenance. A few years are needed for it to begin to bear fruit, but when it does, you will surely enjoy its delicious and extremely healthy fruits.
Source: Green Healthy Planet 365