If you love eating avocados, why not grow your own? You can keep an avocado tree indoors as a houseplant, or if the temperature never goes below freezing where you live, plant it in your yard (avocado trees thrive at temperatures between 60 and 85°F).
Next time you prepare your favorite avocado recipe, set aside the seed. When selecting avocados, remember to look for a dark green to black fruit with a bumpy texture that gives a bit when you squeeze it gently. This video tip will show you how.
After you’ve enjoyed the snack, you’re ready to set up the seed to sprout. First, wash the seed and peel off its papery skin. You’ll notice that one end of the seed is a bit broader than the other and has an indentation. The roots will sprout from that side, so it needs to go on the bottom. Take three toothpicks and stick them into the seed around its center at an angle. Set it atop a glass of water so that the lower half of the seed is submerged. Keep it in a warm spot out of direct sunlight and wait a few weeks, adding water as needed. You should see roots and a stem start to emerge within a couple of weeks. If six weeks have gone by and your seed hasn’t sprouted, discard it and try the process with a new one.
When the stem is about six inches long, cut it back to about half its size to encourage thicker growth. When the stem reaches six inches in length again, it’s time to pot your avocado plant in soil.
Choose a pot that’s about 10 inches in diameter and use rich humus soil. Leave the top half of the seed exposed. Once in soil, direct sunlight is the best spot for your avocado plant. Water it a few times a week. If the tips of the leaves turn yellow, it may have been overwatered, so let it dry out for a few days. If it starts to turn brown, it may be because of an accumulation of salt in the soil. Let water run into the pot and drain it.
It will probably take several years for your avocado tree to bear fruit. Be patient while you dream of the day you’ll be able to enjoy guacamole made with avocados from your very own tree. In the meantime, there’s no need to deny yourself of the tasty fruit — Avocados From Mexico are delicious and available year-round. Buy your avocados for the week by selecting some that are almost ready to eat and others that are still firm so you’ll always have avocados on hand that are just right. As we mentioned above, dark green avocados with bumpy skins that give a little when squeezed are ready to eat, whereas light green avocados that are hard to the touch will need a few days. These helpful tips and plenty more like them are available at Avocados From Mexico’s “How-To” page.