Avocados can be an easy addition to one’s diet that provides many benefits, and it is a simple endeavor to figure out how to grow an endless supply of avocados.
Prepare the Seed
Wash off any fruit still stuck to the seed. Soak for a few minutes to make the next step easier, but do not remove brown skin.
Place the Seed Properly
The slightly pointier end is the top of the seed. Keep the bottom pointing downward so the roots will reach the soil once it is time to plant.
Place three to four toothpicks equally around the seed, pointing downward slightly. These will be used to suspend the seed with the bottom in the water. Use a container where you can balance the seed using the toothpicks and with the bottom of the seed in water.
Place in Sunlight
Find a spot where the seed will get strong sunlight (southern facing window in northern atmosphere and vice versa). This allows better sun access during the darker months. Change the water regularly. Use water and baking soda at any signs of mold.
It takes as long as eight weeks for this part. The seed will begin to grow roots. Wait until the roots are two to three inches long to pot. However, when the roots appear, take off the brown skin.
Use one part organic potting soil with some perlite and coco peat (one part each) to pot your seed. The pot should be clay or fabric, although plastic works if it is your only available option. Use an inch of gravel at the bottom of the pot for proper airflow and adequate drainage.
Lightly water the seed on a regular basis, but avoid letting the soil get muddy.
When the stem reaches 12 inches, pinch off the top set of leaves.
Deal with Pests
Use a drop of dish soap in eight ounces of water to deal with spider mites and tape with the sticky side out to draw aphids off your plant. Use the dish soap/water mixture after the aphids process and order some lady bugs to be sure you have gotten rid of them completely.
For those in a warm climate, plant the tree outside once the root ball is big enough to take the majority of the soil with it during transfer. For those in cooler climates, find a large pot and transfer the tree into that in order to give it room to grow and be able to keep it inside to maintain a healthy temperature. Nitrogen rich fertilizer is a good idea for the first year. Then, you will get endless avocados from the tree.
This process can be done with more than one seed at a time, to ensure you are successful with at least one. If you are successful with more, you can sell or give away the ones that will be too much to care for.