It’s nearing Summer and it’s the season to put avocado in every single dish you make – because it tastes so damn good!
Here’s how to grow an Avocado plant:
Remove the pit from an avocado and clean it well but be careful not to peel the skin of the seed. Avocado pits have a ‘bottom’ from where the roots will gros and a ‘top’ from where sprouts will grow. The pointier end is the top and the flatter end is the bottom.
Pierce toothpicks angling down into the avocado seed and soak the base into a full glass of water.
The top of the avocado pit will crack and extend to the bottom of the pit where a tiny taproot will emerge after 2-8 weeks with lots of sunlight and if the roots stay wet the entire time.
Once it’s grown over 15cms, you can plant it in soil.
Make sure the soil is moist but not saturated. Yellowing leaves are a result of over-watering – if this occurs let the plant dry out for a few days.
When the stem grows 30cm tall, pinch out the top two sets of leaves to encourage the plant to grow sideways and make it busy. For every 15cms it grows, pinch out the 2 sets of leaves.
If your tree attracts aphids, spray your plant down in the sink, shower or outside to get rid of the critters. Once they are removed, spray your plant with a mixture of water, a squirt of dishwashing liquid and a teaspoon of neem oil.
Bear in mind, your plant may bear fruit after it is 3-4 years old and it will look very different to its parent!