Next time you eat an avocado, save the seeds! Even though it sounds amazing, you can now grow an avocado tree at home and eventually harvest the fruits if you`re lucky enough.
Here`s the procedure:
1. Extract the seed.
Remove the avocado seed carefully without damaging it by cutting or breaking. Wash it to remove any residues and dry it completely.
2. Pierce the seed with toothpicks.
While holding the seed upright, pin its circumference with three toothpicks at the slightly downward angle. The top of the seed is the slightly pointy end or the part of the pit that faced the stem when it was inside the fruit.
3. Soak the seed in water.
Use a tall, clear glass of water and place the seed in it with the toothpicks resting along the glass lip. Submerge the bottom of the seed and make sure the top stays dry.
4. Let the seed sprout.
The glass should be put in a warm place out of direct sunlight. Be careful with the water because the bottom of your seed should stay submerged. So, change the water after a few days and add more water if necessary. In a period of 2 to 8 weeks you should be able to see the sprout`s tail.
5. Trim the sprout to encourage new growth.
You should trim the tail in half as soon as it grows up to 6 to 7 inches.
6. Get ready to plant.
When the sprout grows another 6 to 7 inches, it`s time for planting it. Use a 10-inch-wide pot filled with soil rich in humus. Place the seed in the soil and leave the top half of the seed exposed.
7. Make sure your plant receives enough water and sun.
Keep the pot in a sunny area. Put it outside when it is summer and water it often so that the soil is always moist, but not soaked. Pay attention to the colour of the leaves because the will turn yellow if you exaggerate with watering.
8. Foster new growth.
Cut your plant in a half as soon as it grows to 12 inches.
9. Transplant the tree if needed.
If the area where you live has temperatures that do not drop below 45° F, you can transplant the tree outside in a warm and sunny spot. The best time to do this is from March to June as young avocado trees can get damaged from the sun in the summer. If the place where you live has a cooler climate, it`s better to put the pot inside in autumn when the temperatures start to fall because this plant doesn`t like cold weather.
10. Harvest the fruits.
Sadly, you will have to wait a while before you can eat your own-grown fresh guacamole. Some trees will bear fruit in 3 to 4 years, while others will need even 15 years! Unbelievably though, some of the trees won`t bear any fruit at all! As disappointing as it sounds, it should not prevent you from growing a cool and unusual houseplant in your home.