Growing Avocado Trees In Your Yard
Most avocado trees are grown in tropical climates, primarily in Mexico (the world’s leading producer of avocado), California, Hawaii, and Florida. To grow avocado trees that produce avocados, the plants must be grafted, or fused with the tissues of other plants. The grafting process is often difficult to accomplish, so individuals who desire fruit-bearing avocado trees should purchase pre-grafted seedlings. Otherwise, these trees can easily be grown from the pit found in the center of an avocado. To begin to grow avocado trees, wash the avocado pit and suspend it in a cup of water so that the bottom is submerged about 1 inch (2.54 cm) of liquid. This can be accomplished by carefully inserting a few toothpicks, thumbtacks, or skewers into the pit’s surface to act as a stand. When placed at even intervals, the stand can be balanced over the edges of a cup or glass to keep the avocado pit suspended in the water. Be sure that the fatter part of the avocado pit is the section that is submerged because the stem will begin to grow upward from the pointier end.
It is possible to grow avocado trees outdoors as long as the climate is warm and the soil is well irrigated. To plant a tree outside, wait for it to mature and develop a thick, sturdy trunk and well-developed roots. Plant the tree in a sunny area where it can receive continuous sunlight throughout the day, and be sure to fertilize minimally, especially during the first few months of outdoor growth. Ideal planting times are between the months of March and June, as they give the plant extra time to develop before the harsher winter months.