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I don’t know about you but I am a huge fan of avocados. I love them in soups, sandwiches, in salads, by themselves, squished up on bread, in sushi, made into guacamole…I just love them! Maybe it’s the Texas girl in me.
Well, last year my son was into saving seeds from fruits and wanting to plant them. Since he loves avocados too we decided to grow a plant from the seed. He thought the process was pretty strange considering we weren’t sticking it in dirt at first. I’m sure he was having dirt withdrawals.
To start an avocado plant first get 4 toothpicks and a skinny glass. Puncture a cleaned avocado pit with one toothpick on each side, about half way down the pit-kind of like a cross or T shape. The toothpicks will suspend the avocado pit in the water that you will put in the skinny glass. Make sure to place the correct end of the seed in the water. The pointer side of the pit is the top and the flatter side is the side that goes in the water. So now you should have an avocado pit that is halfway suspended in water that looks something like this.
After a few weeks, but usually a month or more your seed will begin to crack and you will get your first sprout. Be sure to change the water once a week or so and place in sunlight.
Once your avocado plant is tall enough (around 7 inches or so) you can place it in dirt. I’ve noticed snipping off leafs encourages upward grow.
My avocado plant needs to be cut back 6 inches or so right now to help it get bushier. I just haven’t done it yet because it will be sad chopping all of the leafs off. Also, try not to over water your avocado plant. They love water and sun but so do the knats which can be annoying. Moisture Control Potting Mix might help with that though.
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