Avocado became wildly popular and part of almost every modern healthy diet. Guacamole is avocado-based dip or salad which is delicious. Try this tasty combination and it will become your favorite guilt-free snack.
Avocados offer variety of health benefits. This fruit is abundant with essential vitamins such as vitamin B5, B6, C, K, E, potassium, etc. In addition to that, avocadoes are excellent source of fiber. Studies have proved that it possess fatty acid which is similar to those known as “heart healthy” contained in olive oil.
You can include avocado in almost any dish to enrich the color, or also you can replace less-healthy choices and in same time not changing the taste of your favorite meal.
In today’s article we are going to explain you how to grow your own avocados in just several simple steps. The best part is that you don’t need backyard for growing avocadoes.
- SPROUT AVOCADO SEED
Take 1 avocado seed and stick four toothpicks into it. The toothpicks need to be placed at about halfway down from the top and at an equal distance. Make sure to utilize nice and even toothpicks as they will help suspend the seed.
Next step is to place the avocado seed in a cup of water where its dimpled end should be soaked in an inch of water. At the image below you can see what type of toothpicks you should use.
The seed should be soaked about 2 – 6 weeks in a warm place and away from any direct sunlight.
During that period, you will see roots and stem sprout. Once the stem becomes 6-inch long, you should cut it back to 3 inches. It is extremely important to allow the roots to thicken and the leaves to grow.
- TIME TO PLANT
Take 10-inch diameter pot and fill it with nutrient-rich soil. Make small hole in the center of the soil and carefully plant the seed. Its roots should be in the soil and half of it is exposed. It is recommended to utilize terra-cotta pot with a hole in the bottom for plenty of drainage.
It is crucial to keep the soil moist but not to over- saturate it. Namely, you should water your seed generously and on regular basis. In case you notice that the leaves start to color yellow or droop, simply allow the seed some time to dry out, and after that continue watering with smaller amount. Otherwise, if the leaves color brown and dry, probably you are not watering the avocado enough. Occasionally, make sure to place the pot in the sink and allow the water run through it gently, making sure that the plant is completely drained.
- ENJOY YOUR OWN AVOCADO!
And that’s it! All you should do is to continue watering your avocado, and after some time you should notice fruits start forming. Still, keep in mind that this will take a bit longer period.