My wife loves avocados so much that I want to try this. My concerns are the cold and freezes. It seems it can survive but they need to be big enough to be planted outside.
Seems like it is a long process. Five months for the plant to get out of the seed, and 2-3 years before it can go into the ground, so patience is a requirement.
The video is in Spanish so I will provide the important translation:
- Distinguish the top and bottom of the seed. Bottom is flat, top is pointy.
- Insert the toothpicks so the seed is partially submerged in water.
- Suggest having more than one as some seeds just doesn’t sprout.
- It took 5 months for the seed to have a big enough plant to transplant to a vase.
- It takes 2-3 years for the plant to be big enough to be moved to the soil.
Keep in mind the following:
- Depending on the variety, the tree can be from 30-80 feet tall. It can be kept to 15 feet under constant pruning.
- Avocados planted from seed take anywhere from 5 to 13 years+ before they flower and produce fruit.
- Depending on variety, some trees withstand different ranges of temperatures.
I’ll see if my wife wants to give it a try and I would of course blog about our progress. If this sounds like to much of a wait, you could always buy a grown plant.
Also for limited spaces dwarf varieties might do the trick like this one. Those don’t grow bigger than 12-15 feet.
Here’s the translated page.