Thursday, May 23, 2013

DIY: Grow an Avocado Tree

I have wanted to plant a tree for a while now, and while this won't exactly cross that item off of my 101 in 1001 list, it is a step in the right direction.  Avocado trees are not native to this environment, however, you can still grow the tree, but there is no guarantee that it will be fruit bearing.  

We buy avocados at the grocery store every few weeks, so when D used one in his taco salad the other night, I took the seed and set it aside to plant it.  

I started out with some river rocks, which I bought from IKEA for just about a dollar.  You can also find bags of river rocks at Dollar Tree for $1, or you can just use some rocks from your yard.  I didn't have a planter or a pot to plant this in, but I did have some extra vases that I used in my centerpieces at our wedding.  

I started out making sure that the case was free of dust and oils.  If you wash it ahead of time, also make sure that the vase is free of soap residue.  

Next, line the bottom of your planter or vase with the river rocks.  You want at least two inches high of rocks.  Having rocks in the bottom will help with water flow in a planter that has holes in the bottom.  In a vase, like I am using, this will help you make sure that you aren't over-watering your avocado tree.  

Add in some dirt to about 2/3 the way up the vase or planter.  Gently tap your vase or planter on a hard surface to make sure that the dirt settles in the planter, getting some between the rocks at the bottom.  

Press down gently on the surface of the dirt to pack it in.   

Place the avocado pit in the planter. Make sure that the pointed end is facing up, and the larger rounded end is sitting in the dirt, facing down towards the bottom of the vase or planter.  

Add more dirt, pressing it around the avocado pit and then leaving 1/2"-1" of free space at the top of the vase or planter.  

Add water to the vase or planter. Add enough so that the soil is completely wet.  If you have used a vase, all of the dirt should be wet, and your rocks should be sitting in some water at the bottom.  If you are using a planter, wet the soil enough so that you have a stream of water coming out of the bottom of the planter.  

Place your planted avocado pit in a sunny location indoors, and water as needed. 

And now, the waiting game begins.  From what I have read, it will take about three to six weeks for the sprouts to grow.  I'll make an update when I finally see progress on my tree, but for right now, I'll just keep watering it.

Have you ever planted an avocado tree? Aren't the leaves beautiful!?


Unknown said...

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Zahra said...

Hi, Any new news about the avacado seed you plant?

Mands @ Rhody Life said...

Hi Zahra! In fact, yes! I have a post ready to go up next week, actually! It sprouted at the end of July, and when I returned from vacation in August, it was over a foot tall! I hope you stop by to see the pictures and the post, but just know that I was successful in growing an avocado tree, and I hope that you are too!

Zahra said...

Thank you very much. I'm looking forward to see the pictures.

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