Grow Your Own Avocados!

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Avocados are by far one of the most nutritious foods you can possibly eat. They’re also pretty expensive, coming from places like California and South America. However, you might not realize that if you have a small piece of land, you can also grow your own avocado trees at home.

1. Take a normal market avocado and remove the seed. Wash it clean.

2. An avocado seed is usually oval-shaped. The bottom, wider end is where roots will grow from. Take a very sharp knife and cut a thin slice off the top and bottom of the seed to speed up root development. You can either suspend the seed in a cup of water or wrap it in a damp towel for a few weeks in order to see a taproot begin to grow.

3. Plant your seedling in soil, ideally in a soil made up of coco peat, perlite, and organic potting soil. A 6″ pot is good for starters. Keep the soil constantly damp for the first weeks.

4. Water your growing tree frequently, but not so much that the soil becomes muddy. If, at any time, the plant or leaves become yellow, you’re over-watering.

5. As the tree grows, pinching off the top set of leaves will cause your tree to grow stronger branches with bushier foliage. Do not do this before the tree is at least 12 inches tall.

6. If you find spider mites on your tree, unleash ladybugs or use a mild soap mixed with plenty of water to wash them off.

7. If you live in a warm climate, you can transfer your tree outdoors. Avocado trees will grow in both acidic and alkaline soils, but the best range is 6 – 6.5 pH.

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