I am a regular of avocados, love them actually.
So here is the problem –
- In Melbourne Australia, avocados sell anywhere from $1.5 to $3.5 each.
- I eat about 60 avocados a year, which costs me between $90 and $210.
So here is the solution –
- A mature avocado tree can yield 500-700 fruit in a single year!!
Sounds like a good deal, but there is a catch.
It is easy to grow avocados from seed, but they are notoriously slow to fruit. Anywhere from 5 to 12 years seems to be what I’m told, and you can’t be certain what quality of fruit that tree will produce.
So the intention is to grow this one alongside a commercially purchased variety (Avocado Wurtz comes to mind). That way I still get something!
Steps on How to Grow from Seed
- You have decided that the avocado you just ate was so delicious that it deserves to continue in a new form
- Prepare some fresh potting mix into a pot (or used coffee cup as per below)
- Remove any hang on skin from the fat end of the seed, and stick the lower two thirds into the soil, pointy end upwards
- Soak in well. Adjust soil height if necessary to keep it buried two thirds in
- Keep moist until the seed splits, which can take a month to happen
- Peer inside and you might see the seedling poking through!
- Keep under filtered sun and moderately watered (not soaking)
- When the plant gets to about a foot tall, the time has come to replant – YAH!!
A delightful tower of foliage has emerged from the seed. I’ve read that avocado trees are grown indoors simply to admire their beauty, which is hard to deny.
The underside view is just as good.
Here is the root ball just out of the coffee cup, looking healthy and well developed.
From here it is into some well prepared soil, along with a handful of vermicast and a light spray of rainwater.
Updates to follow. Avocados here we come??
- 5 Reasons You Should Eat Avocados (nutrispire.wordpress.com)
- Avocado Pasta (bookcasefoodie.wordpress.com)
- Store & Ripen Avocados (avocadocentral.com)