Botanical Name: Persea Americana
The Avocado "plant"... is really a tree that can grow 30 to 60 feet tall.
It is fun and easy to grow indoors. Many gardeners transform the Avocado
tree into a houseplant, at least for a few years until the tree gets too
tall. Those that do, often start them from seed, by taking
an Avocado pit and rooting it.
Avocado trees are native to Central and South America, where they were
harvested in the wild as far back as 8,000 B.C. It is an evergreen
tree, a member of the Laurel family. Commercial crops primarily come from
that region as well as the south western coast of the USA.
Avocados are not a vegetable. They are a berry, that is highly nutritious,
with lots of vitamins, minerals, and oil. Avocados are popular in salads,
soups and dips. They are used in many Spanish and Mexican recipes, most notably
in Guacamole dip.
Did you Know? Avocados are also called the "alligator pear".
Important: While Avocados are not toxic to humans, it is to
dog, cats, birds, and many other animals.
How to Grow Avocado Trees:
Here are a few easy steps to growing your first Avocado:
Cut open an Avocado fruit.
Carefully, remove the pit (or seed). Be careful not to cut the seed with
Clean the Avocado off, and let dry overnight.
Remove the dry, papery outer coating.
The seed will have a flat side and a pointed side. The pointed side will
be up, and the flat side will be immersed in water.
Insert three or four toothpicks part way into the sides of the seed.
Fill a small glass or jar with water.
Set the Avocado seed into the water with the toothpicks resting on the rim
of the glass..
Adjust the water level so the bottom 1/3 to 1/2 of the seed is in water.
Place the jar with the seed in a cupboard, or in a place where it is out
Check regularly and add water as needed.
In 10 to 12 weeks, the seed will sprout a tap root. Then, a shoot will appear
at the top. Take the seed out of the water, and plant it with just the tip
After the plant reaches 6-8 inches, you can pinch the top to promote bushier
growth. Your Avocado tree should grow for years. It can be grown indoors.
In southern locations it is usually grown outdoors.
Water thoroughly. Let the top of the soil dry between waterings. Add a general
purpose fertilizer once a month. Your Avocado plant likes moderate to full
More Information on Avocados
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