Mar 14 , 2019

How to Grow Avocado at Home


Avocados are one of those fruits people can’t seem to get enough of—no matter how expensive they are! They’re creamy, full of healthy fats and are delicious to eat alone, as a topping on a salad, smashed onto toast, in a smoothie and so much more! If your love affair with them has you wondering how to grow avocado at home, we’ve got you covered.

Step 1: The Toothpick Method

Creating a houseplant is one of the ways you can learn how to grow avocado at home. For this, you’ll begin with a washed avocado seed. Carefully place three toothpicks in the seed about halfway down.

Check out these 25 brilliant uses for toothpicks in your home and workshop.

Suspend the avocado with the fat end down, ensuring half of the seed is submerged in water in a jar or glass. Be sure to replenish the water as it evaporates. Place your jar in a bright window. Over the course of a few days to several months, the seed will begin to sprout.

“When the stem is 6 to 7 inches long, cut it back to about 3 inches,” recommends The California Avocado Commission.

Step 2: The Potting Method

“When the roots are thick and the stem has leaves again, plant it in a rich humus soil in a 10-1/2-inch-diameter pot, leaving the seed half exposed,” says The California Avocado Commission. Be sure to put a little gravel or some pebbles in the bottom to ensure proper drainage, and keep the soil moist but not saturated.

Here are 10 foods you’re storing all wrong.

You will soon notice your plant has sprouted. As sets of leaves begin to develop and grow, consider pruning the top to create a bushier plant (which is great for ensuring you maintain a reasonable size for indoor enjoyment). Eventually, your plant will outgrow its pot, so be sure to move to a bigger pot when needed.

While most people would think of avocado as a healthy vegetable, it’s actually a healthy single-seed berry. Here are other fruits people always get wrong.

Step 3: The Tree Planting Method

If you choose to plant your avocado tree in the ground, instead of keeping it as an indoor plant, you’ll want to dig a hole as deep as the current root ball and a little wider than the width. “The avocado is a shallow-rooted tree with most of its feeder roots in the top 6 inches of soil, so give it good aeration,” says The California Avocado Commission.

Have you ever tried putting avocados on the grill? These unexpected foods are great when grilled!

Because its root system is fragile, you should be very careful not to disturb it when transferring it. “If the tree is root-bound, however, loosen up the soil around the edges and clip the roots that are going in circles,” says The California Avocado Commission. Next, check the pH of your soil, since avocado trees prefer a pH of 6 to 6.5. You’ll want to make a mound 1 to 2 feet high and 3 to 5 feet around if you have heavy clay soil. This will ensure proper drainage.

Check out these 15 things (including avocado) that you should never put down the garbage disposal.

As with how to grow avocado indoors, watering outdoors is similar. Soak the soil well and allow it to dry out moderately before watering again. “Trees typically need to be watered two to three times a week. As the roots reach out into the bulk soil, more water can be applied and the frequency of watering can diminish to about once a week after a year,” says The California Avocado Commission.

These are our favorite aromatherapy garden plants.

Related Posts

The First 5 Steps to Starting a Home Based Handyman Business
Ready to start a home based handyman business and want to know the best way to get started? Like most people in your ...
Read More
How to Make an Extra $1,000 Per Month in Just 5 Hours Per Week With a Part Time Handyman Business
The handyman business works great as a part-time business. The overhead is low and it only takes a few hours per week...
Read More
What’s the Best Way to Advertise for a Handyman Business?
Pros are always asking me for the best way to advertise their handyman business. Is it Home Advisor? Thumbtack? Craig...
Read More