Avocados are one of the most nutritious and delicious fruits available. Its soft and creamy flesh has folic acid, iron, magnesium, vitamin B, and fiber, among many other nutrients. Avocados from Mexico are also a heart-healthy fruit that contains "good fats" and is cholesterol and sodium-free.
Healthy avocados can be part of a healthy lifestyle for your heart's health and their seeds can also be used to grow a beautiful plant for your home.
Discover here how to grow an avocado from its seed.
What do you need?
A clean and dry avocado seed
A jar with water
What will you have to do?
Wash the avocado pit thoroughly. Place three toothpicks on the avocado pit around the sides to prevent the seed from sinking.
Place the pit in a jar with water. Only the widest part of the pit should be submerged in water. It is recommended to use a transparent glass so you can know when the roots begin to grow.
Put the jar in a warm and bright place but remember that it should not be directly exposed to sunlight. Change the water every five days to prevent mold and fungus from growing.
New shoots begin to emerge from the seed between two and six weeks after putting it in the water. (If you don't see any progress after eight weeks, start again with another avocado pit).
Check the water level regularly to make sure the water always covers the base of the pit, submerged to about 2 cm or a little more than ¬æ s of an inch.
Cut the avocado plant shoots in half when the stems reach about 15 cm. or about 6 inches long.
When the roots are stronger, and the shoot has grown, new leaves will grow. At this point, transplant it into a pot, leaving the top part of the pit exposed, and out of the ground.
How should you take care of your avocado plant?
The plant should be in a warm and sunny place.
Water the plant between two and three times a week.
It is best to transfer the plant to a pot between March and June.
When you plant an avocado from its seed, it takes more time for the tree to bear fruit. It is estimated that an avocado plant that was born from a home-grown seed can bear fruit between five and 13 years after being planted. So be patient, enjoy your beautiful plant and, continue to consume Avocados from Mexico full of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and flavor.