Growing avocado from stones!

I started writing this post right after my summer break. The days before the summer holiday were hectic, as if my days generally aren't hectic, but especially so. I didn't have time, or brain capacity, to write anything... tangible. But summer vacation was over, and the weeks after turned out to be... even more bananas than ever. I was preparing to move to Southampton, UK, in september for three months. I'm there now, for a research stay the University, and so I had lots and lots to do before I left. More about that another time though. Today is about plants, and growing them from seed.

I have a thing for growing things from seeds. Buying plants is nice, as they look beautiful and lush and whatnot. But planting seeds and watching them sprout and grow is magical. Any fruit bearing or edible plants I buy organic, or I just plant seeds from produce I've got at the store or through our co-op. Now, the Missus just chuckles a little when I start planting seeds from tomatoes, pumpkins and plumpricots (link post), but I know she thinks it's exciting too. I mean, they actually sprout! SPROUT! Imagine that, I made stuff come to life. I've not got one of those plants to bear fruit though, but that's secondary, they grow and are beautifully green.

The longest projects I've got going is my avocado plant. It takes so many weeks before the stone starts growing roots, but it grows pretty fast once the roots get into soil. Straight up it goes with lovely large leaves.

I started my avocado plant by cleaning the pit properly, and placing it face up in a shot glass with water. Face up means pointy end up, and is important in avocado plants, as the roots come from the bottom, not the top. Other seeds generally aren't direction specific. I know other people pierce the pit with tooth picks and have them suspended above a water container. It doesn't matter how you do it, as long as the bottom of the pit always stays in touch with the water.

It will take several weeks before the cracks and roots start appearing. It will help to supply it with fresh water every day, and it doesn't require much sunlight (avoid direct sunlight), so just having it by the sink can be convenient. After some weeks, the pit will begin to crack, which means the roots are starting to force their way out. Let the roots become at least an inch, preferably two before planting it in soil. Leave 1/3 of the pit above the soil, and the rest covered.

I had a bit of a fly problem with my plants, and the flies especially loved the avocado soil. Likely because it was too moist. So I changed all the soil out, making my avocado plant very, very sad for a while. Then, while we were away for holidays, it startet growing again. So lovely.

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