How to Grow an Avocado Tree in a Pot or Other Container
I have been growing avocado trees in containers for years. It’s very simple, actually. All you need is an avocado, a flower pot, and some potting mix.
Start by sticking a few toothpicks into the avocado pit to suspend it in a cup of water (so that the rounded bottom of the seed is in the water, and the pointed end is up out of the water. In a few weeks, you’ll see a nice set of roots sprouting from the bottom of the pit.
Once the roots are sprouted, it’s okay to plant the pit. Fill a small flower pot (406″ in diameter) with potting soil, and plant the pit so that the pointed top sticks out of the soil. The avocado tree’s seedling emerges from the top of the seed. Repot the tree whenever the plant becomes root-bound. Eventually, plant the tree into a flower pot that is about 18-24″ in diameter and 18 inches deep.
Keep in mind that avocado trees start bearing fruit when they are about 4 years old. Until then, you’ll just have a very pretty tree with bright green leaves.
Place your avocado tree pot in a very sunny location in your yard. Avocado trees prefer at least 8-10 hours of direct sun per day. Only water the tree when the top two inches of soil are dry to the touch. Avocado trees tolerate dry conditions, and do not like excessive moisture. Do not water your avocado tree during the winter, because the tree goes dormant during these months. Avocado trees thrive in warm conditions; if you live in an area of the world where there are freezes during the winter, drag your avocado tree in its container into the garage or covered patio.
In a few years, you’ll be enjoying yummy, creamy avocados from your own avocado tree grown in a container in your own yard. Mmmmm!
Originally posted 2009-11-12 19:26:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter