As we know, avocados are a fruit with many benefits and are super versatile in the kitchen, either in salads or for making guacamole. In addition, it is important that you know that you can use the seed to germinate your own avocado tree at home, which in the future and with good care, can generate a good harvest of avocados for your personal consumption.
Let's remember some of the most important benefits of avocado:
● Rich in Vitamin E, reducing the risk of heart disease.
● Source of Vitamin D, which helps the absorption of calcium and phosphorus.
● It contains 60% more potassium than bananas.
● It contains 4 types of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils, which reduces bad cholesterol.
● High content of folic acid. This helps pregnant women, as it promotes the healthy formation of the neural tube of the fetus.
If you are interested in learning more about all the benefits and qualities of avocado, check out this article.
If you would like to germinate your own avocado, pay close attention, below, we describe the steps to help you grow it in your garden.
How to plant an avocado:
1. Open the avocado in half, remove the seed and clean it with water, without removing the brown covering from the pit.
2. Nail three toothpicks in the upper half of the seed (the thinnest part), so that they point diagonally. This will help the seed stay in the container where it will germinate.
3. Support the seed in a glass and fill it with water, up to the height of the toothpicks. The bottom must be submerged. We recommend you write down the date you started in order to track its growth.
4. Leave it next to a window where light enters, but without it being in the direct sunlight. Change the water every 2 or 3 days to prevent fungi from accumulating, as this can delay or impede their growth.
5. After a few weeks, you will see that the top has dried and begins to crack. This means that the root is about to come out which usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks to happen, so don’t get impatient.
6. It will take several months for the stem to appear. Remember to always have patience; it’s a long process but it is worthwhile.
7. Once the stem measures about 20 cm, it is time to transplant the plant into a medium-size pot with soil.
8. Remove the toothpicks and transplant the sprouting seed into the pot so that half is inside the soil and the other half is outside. Start watering it, and in a little, over a month you will see leaves starting to sprout.
9. Lastly, don't forget to give it enough sunlight and water. Place your plant in a space with lots of light and heat. Water it frequently; the soil should always be moist, but not flooded. If you put too much water, the leaves will start to turn yellow. To fix this, let the plant dry for a few days and the leaves will return to their normal color.
Above all, remember that in summer there’s no problem if the plant stays in the garden, however in winter, if the temperature drops below 44.6 °F, it will be better to put it indoors so that it receives more heat.
Now, you have the formula to germinate your own avocado plant in your home. Fill yourself with patience and soon you will be able to enjoy delicious fruits directly from your garden.
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