If you love avocados as much as most people, then you will love growing this fruit, too. Growing your own avocado tree is simple. It doesn’t just grow in the ground, it can also be grown in a pot to decorate your home.
An avocado tree grown from the pit is very rewarding especially when you see the roots begin to sprout. You know that the seed you normally would’ve thrown away is alive and growing under your care!
But after a few more weeks when it begins to grow stems and foliage, you may feel unsure as to what to do next. Should you put it in a pot right away? Should you wait a little longer? If you do transfer it in a pot, how big should it be?
Ideally, it should at least have one pruning before you transfer the baby avocado tree to a pot. Cutting the stem back to three inches after it has grown six inches will give the roots substantial time to mature enough to survive being potted.
After a week or two, you can remove the toothpicks and move the tree from the water to a 20 to 25 cm terra cotta pot. Plastic pots are hot for the roots, but terra cotta will allow it to breathe.
Fill the pot with enriched soil and slightly pack it as you go along. Once it’s filled up to 2cm below the top, dig a hole at the middle of the pot big enough to accommodate the roots of your baby avocado tree.
Water the tree daily making sure the soil stays damp but not soggy or muddy. When you notice the roots of the tree begin to crowd the pot, you can repot your sapling to a 36-inch box, the same pot used in nurseries to grow plants.
Pruning will keep your tree short and sturdy. However, if the seed has been germinated from a big tree, it will grow and grow until you get tired of pruning it all the time. If you want to grow smaller avocado trees, better get the dwarf variety that grows from four to seven feet tall only.
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