If you’re new to indoor gardening, growing food may sound intimidating, so we recommend beginning with a fruit or vegetable that’s fairly easy to maintain. Luckily for all of us, avocado trees are unfussy and beginner-friendly. To grow an avocado tree in your apartment, you’ll just need to save the pit and set it up for success. Here’s a step-by-step explanation of how to grow avocados in your apartment.
How To Grow Avocados:
- It all starts with a seed. To successfully grow an avocado, begin by removing the pit and cleaning it off with water. Wipe it dry with a towel.
- Next, fill a glass with water so it’s just below the brim.
- Now, positon the pit so that the broad end is submerged in the water. Press three toothpicks into the pit so that it is suspended in place.
- Set the jar on a windowsill so it receives plenty of natural light.
- Change the water often. You should begin seeing sprouts and a root forming within two to six weeks.
- When your stem reaches a height of six or seven inches, cut it back to three inches. This will stimulate more growth.
- Once the stem grows back and sprouts leaves again, it’s time to replant it. You’ll want to plant the pit in a 10-inch pot filled with soil.
And that’s it! Now, it’s time to watch your avocado tree grow.
Here’s some more helpful advice:
- Be sure your avocado tree always has access to indirect sunlight.
- Avocado trees will not thrive in cold weather. Be sure to keep yours indoors during the winter months.
- Water often, but don’t overdo it. You’ll want the soil to be moist, no wet. And be sure it can drain. If the leaves are turning yellow, take that as a sign to cut back on your watering.
- Be patient: It can take up to thirteen years before you may begin seeing fruit on your avocado tree. Yes, it’s a long time, but we say it’s worth the wait. And in the meantime, you can enjoy your avocado tree’s long, green leaves.
More Avocado Tips
Now that you know how to grow avocados, let’s talk about what you can do with them. Guacamole is always a safe option, as is avocado toast. But avocados also make a great addition to other meals, like salads or breakfast scrambles. Plus, they can be used in beauty recipes. Here are a few of our previous articles that feature avocados. And if you need help storing your avocados, check out these tips for keeping foods fresh. (Oh, and we recommend investing in an avocado slicer, too.)
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