Avocado is one of the most popular fruits these days and it is mainly used in the preparation of guacamole, a delicious avocado-based dip. Being high in potassium and vitamins like B5, B6, C, E, and K, avocado is highly nutritious fruit. It is also abundant in fiber and fatty acid which is known to be beneficial for the heart.
Since it is very versatile when it comes to cooking, its popularity doesn’t stop to rise. Avocado is easy to incorporate in every meal to enrich its color or simply alter its taste and step in as healthier alternative to less-healthy ingredients.
Keep reading to learn how to grow an avocado tree in a small pot at home, using two simple steps!
Sprout Avocado Seed
Stick 4 toothpicks into the avocado seed, making sure they are placed halfway down the top. They should be even and placed at equal distance.
Put the avocado seed in a cup of water and make sure it is submerged in an inch of water. Soak the seed for 2-6 weeks, keeping the cup in a warm place and away from direct sun rays.
You will be able to see how the roots and stem sprout during this time. Once the stem reaches 6 inches height, remove about 3 inches of it. Allow the roots to thicken and the leaves to grow.
Time to Plant
Take a 10-inch diameter pot and fill it with a high-quality planting soil. Make a small hole in the center of the pole and then plant the seed into the hole. Make sure the roots are placed deeply into the soil while half of the plant is outside the soil. Use a terra-cotta pot with a hole in the bottom for more drainage.
You should keep the soil moist at all times, but make sure you don’t overwater it. Water the seed on a regular basis but be extra cautious and ensure you are not overdoing it. In case you notice any changes in the leaves` color, continue watering with smaller amount of water so that the seed gets some time to dry out. But, if the leaves dry out or turn brown, continue watering the seed with larger amounts of water or place it in the sink and allow the water to run through it for a while.
Enjoy Your Plant
Don’t stop watering the avocado on a regular basis and the first fruits will start forming. Even though this process takes time, you are on the right track.