Avocados are the source of almost 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, Vitamin E, potassium, Vitamin B and folic acid. Avocados are a “nutrient booster” because they enable the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
If you consume this fruit often why not plant it in a small garden pot and grow your own tree so that you can save time and money. Be aware that the avocado tree is a warm season plant and can be easily destroyed by cold and frost.
Learn how to plant the avocado tree in a small garden pot by following these 6 steps:
1.Extract the seed
The first step is to carefully remove the seed from the avocado. Wash and soak it for a few minutes in a glass of water. Again scrub the seed to wash out the fruit from it but be careful not to remove the brown skin of the seed.
2.Pierce your seed
The second step is to pierce the seed. Every avocado seed has a top where the plant will sprout from and a bottom from which its root will grow. You will see this by observing the seed; the end that is slightly pointy is the top while the end that is slightly flat is the bottom. It is this bottom end that will be placed in water and not the top end, so take note before piercing with toothpicks. Next ,stick toothpicks at the bottom end of your seed; You need to do this to elevate the seed so that its entire body is not submerged in water.
3.Soak your seed in water
The third step is to ensure that the bottom end of your avocado seed is placed in water to allow the roots to grow. Make sure the toothpicks are firmly wedged in at an angle that slightly points downwards, this is to ensure that the bottom of the seed is properly submerged in the water when it is placed over a glass.
4.Let your seed sprout
You will notice the top end of the avocado seed will split and it will come a stem sprout out of it, while its roots will grow out from its bottom end; this will happen in about three to six weeks. As soon as the stem is about five or six inches long, just cut off the first set of leaves. By the next two or three weeks a fresh set of leaves will sprout out and more roots will grow out at its base.
5.Trim the sprout
The next step is to trim the sprout. As soon as the sprout tail reaches about 6 or 7 inches, you will have to trim it to half its length in order to promote fresh growth.
6. It is ready to be planted
Get a large flower pot and place in it an enriched potting soil. The flower pot can be about 8″ to 10″ across. Ensure that the soil is filled to approximately an inch from the top of your pot. Then you are expected to create a small hole at the center of the soil and gently place your seed by its bottom end into the hole. You should moisten the soil with lots of water afterwards and when you have done that, the process is finished.