The term healthy eating today is associated with avocado, a fruit that has become very popular in recent years. Used as a spread or sauce, put into salads and smoothies, eaten with tuna, spaghetti…
Tasty, but also healing
Avocado (Persea Americana) is a perennial tropical or subtropical tree, known for its fruits that are eaten in various ways. This fruit is not only delicious but is regarded as one of the healthiest foods in the world. The fruits are rich in healthy fats, fiber, folates, potassium, vitamins C and E.
To the satisfaction of all people who live a healthier life, this plant can be grown in your own home!
Growing and Maintenance
Growing an avocado tree from an avocado pit is very simple and does not require a lot of material. With a little patience, it is possible to grow an attractive tree with shiny oval leaves.
You probably won’t be able to get avocado fruits (which takes about 10 years to grow), and even if you do, the fruits won’t be like the original fruit. However, a beautiful decorative plant will be obtained, making your effort worthwhile.
The procedure is as follows! You must begin by removing (without cutting) the pit of avocado carefully and then washing it of all avocado fruits (it often helps to dip the pit into some water for a few minutes and then scrub away any remaining fruit). Be careful not to remove the brown skin on the pit – that is the seed cover.
Some avocado pits are slightly oblong, while others are shaped almost like perfect spheres – but all avocado pits have a “bottom” (where the roots will grow from) and a “top” (from which the sprout will grow). The slightly pointier end is the top and the flat end is the bottom. In order to get your pit to sprout, you need to put the bottom root end in water, so it is very important to understand which end is the “top” and which is the “bottom” before you start piercing it with toothpicks.
Take four toothpicks and stick them at a slight downward angle into the avocado seeds, evenly spaced around the circumference of the avocado. These toothpicks are your avocado scaffolding, which will allow you to rest the bottom half of the avocado in water, so toothpicks need to be wedged in there firmly. For better, stick them at a slight angle (pointing downwards) so that more of your avocado base rests in the water when you set this over a glass.
And place in a window with sunlight. It is useful to use clear glass to easily see when the roots are beginning to grow, as well as when the water needs to change. Be sure to change the water regularly. By the procedure described, the root and stem should appear in two to six weeks. If that doesn’t happen, you can try again and start the whole process with a new avocado pit.
Wait for your Avocado seed to sprout!
When the stem is 6-7 inches long, cut it in half. This will encourage root growth. When it hits 6-7 inches again, pot it up in rich humus soil into an 8-10′ diameter pot, leaving the top half of the seed exposed and place it on a sunny windowsill. Avocados love the sun – the more sun the better.
Avocados require regular watering and should be provided with good drainage. The soil should always be moist but not saturated. The yellowing of the leaves is a sign of excessive watering; allow the plant to dry for a few days.
It would be a good idea to place an avocado bowl outdoors in the summer, in a position where there is plenty of light. Keep in mind that this is a tropical plant which means that it does not tolerate temperatures below 45 degrees.
Good luck with this interesting venture!