First off, you need to go out and buy an avacado, de-pitt it and save that sucka while you enjoy the delicious fruit. After doing so you want to wash the seed and find a cup that will be its new home for the next 2-3 months. gather 3 toothpicks and gently poke them into the avacado on three sides like the image above. Be careful not to go to deep into the seed. fill up the water to the top of the cup and place the seed on the top of the cup, top side up, and so that half of the seed is submerged.
Place the set up in a sunny window sill and continue to keep the level of water half way up the seed throughout the whole germination. Nature tends to take her sweet time so don't expect to see any obvious changes in the seed for at least a month. but anywhere from 4-7 weeks the seed should split sending roots downward and a stem up. you want to wait for 3 leaves to appear before the process is over, generally 2-3 months.
When your tree is maybe 7-8 inches tall, nip off the top few leaves. (That’s right…pinch them off. It will encourage growth and help the tree branch out.) Grab a 10-inch pot with a saucer and at least one drainage hole in the bottom. Fill it about an inch from the top with potting soil. Dig a shallow hole in the of the soil. Nestle the bottom of your avocado sapling in it. Cover the pit halfway with soil, so half the pit is still exposed. Press down firmly (but not too hard) on the soil to secure it.
Avocado trees like warm, sunny spots. If your tree doesn’t get enough light, it will get leggy (i.e. all stem, few leaves). Depending on where you live, you should be able to keep your tree outside in a sunny spot. If the temperature ever drops below about 45 degrees F, bring it back inside. Water it enough to keep the soil moist, but not muddy.If your leaves start to turn yellow, it’s a sure sign it’s getting too much water.
Avacado trees take 5-10 years to bear fruit but is well worth the journey. To speed up the process of maturity you can try grafting a node off of an already mature plant and you can get avacados in as little as 3-5 years. Im not going to go into grafting here but it is pretty easy to find elswhere on the internet if interested. YOU DID IT! Now sit back and enjoy the growth of mother natures design
Growing a Avacado Tree
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