The A to Z of growing Avocado Trees indoors

The A to Z of growing Avocado Trees indoors

Avocado’s are a delicious fruit, and growing avocado trees indoors can be both fun and rewarding. However, many people have shied away from avocados because of their fat content. However we should all know by now, that the fat in avocado’s are actually healthy fats that do a body some good. A single one ounce serving of avocado contains approximately 4 1/2 grams of fat. But only half a gram of which are saturated (bad) fats. The remaining 4 grams are heart-healthy fats, 3 grams of monounsaturated and 3 gram of polyunsaturated. Today avocado is known as one of nature’s superfoods. However, due to the rise in avocado popularity, the tree is becoming endangered. Personally, I cannot imagine life without an avocado in it, so I opted for growing my own tree. I found this article on how it was done and used it as a guide. Today I have the beginnings of a beautiful indoor avocado tree.

First you need to sprout your avocado seed.
To begin, clean your avocado seed by gently rubbing in cold water. Carefully stick four toothpicks into the seed at equal distance around the circumference of the seed and about halfway down from the top. The toothpicks will be helping to suspend your seed, so try to place them evenly. Once you have your toothpicks in place, set your seed into a cup of water, using the toothpicks to keep your seed soaking in an inch of water, with the dimpled end facing down.

Keep your avocado seed somewhere warm and away from direct sunlight. Let it soak until you begin to see roots and a stem sprout, for me this took close to two months. Once the stem has reached 6 inches long from your seed cut it back to about 3 inches. Wait for more leaves to grow and the roots to thicken.

Next you will need to plant your tree.
Find a nice large pot, approximately 10 inches round and will allow for adequate drainage. Fill it with nutrient-rich soil. Make a small hole in the middle of the soil and plant the seed with the roots at the bottom and half of the seed still visible on top of the soil. Water your seed regularly and generously. You want to keep the soil moist without having it retain too much water. If your leaves begin to turn yellow or droop, let it dry out and give it less water in the future. If the leave begin to turn brown, your plant needs more water.

Finally, Enjoy your avocados!

 

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