The avocado is considered to be the planet’s most nutrition-packed food. It contains vitamins (K, E, C, B), minerals, lot of fibers, potassium and copper. Moreover, it is specific for its creamy and smooth texture.
It has numerous health benefits, such as: reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, helps weight loss, reduces symptoms of arthritis, lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels and many more.
Despite the fact that avocado is a fruit that can grow only in warm places, the following steps will show you how to plant the tree in a small pot and keep it inside.
Step 1: REMOVE THE SEED
Start with removing the seed from the fruit carefully without cutting it. Next, wash the seed. Often it helps to soak the pit in some water for a few minutes and then scrub all the remaining fruit off. Try not to remove the brown skin of the seed while scrubbing it, that is the seed cover.
Step 2: PIERCE THE SEED
Some avocado seed are slightly oblong, whereas others have a shape of perfect spheres. It’s important to determine the ‘bottom’ (from where the roots will grow), and a ‘top’ (from which the sprout will grow). The slightly pointier end is the top, while the bottom end goes in the water. You should stick it with toothpicks in order to elevate the seed and avoid submerging the entire body in water.
Step 3: SOAK THE AVOCADO SEED HALF SUBMERGED IN A GLASS OF WATER
Put the bottom half of the avocado in water, making sure the toothpicks are firmly fixed in there. Try to stick them at a slight angle, to ensure that the avocado rests in water when set over a glass. Use a clear glass so you can easily see when the roots start to grow, and also when the water needs to be changed. Set on a windowsill with sunlight. Avocados love sun – the more sun the better.
Step 4: WAIT FOR THE SEED TO SPROUT
It usually takes at least 3-6 weeks to get a sprout, so be patient. When the stem reaches 12 inches tall, pinch out the top two sets of leaves 5-6 inches long. In 2-3 weeks, new leaves will sprout and more leaves will grow from the bottom.
Step 5: TRIM THE SPROUT
Trim the sprout tail in half when it reaches about 6-7 inches length in order to ensure fresh growth.
Step 6: PLANT IN SOIL WHEN TREE IS ABOUT 6” TALL
Plant it in a large pot with high-quality potting soil. Then, make a small hole at the center of the pot and place the seed into it. Give it frequent waterings with an occasional deep soak. The soil should always be moist.
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