Avocado Trees are thought of as tropical plants grown in lands far, far away, where the climates are hot. However, you don’t have to get your irresistible fruit from exotic lands because Avocados are perfect for growing in containers. Grow your own indoors, right in your favorite room.
Avocados: Care and Growth
Easy to grow and ready to thrive, Avocado Trees are essential for beginner or intermediate gardeners.
If gardening hasn’t always been your favorite hobby or you have a so-called “black thumb”, follow our growing instructions for best results.
If your area has temperatures below 40 degrees, place your Avocado Tree in a container and bring it inside during the cooler months. Make sure that your container is slightly larger than the root mass on your tree, and place about 2 inches of gravel at the bottom of the container. The rocks will allow water to drain from the pot more easily.
Add citrus potting mix to the soil when you’re planting your tree in its new container. The potting mix gives your tree a beneficial boost of nutrients.
Also, be sure to place your tree by a large, sunny window. Avocado trees need at least six hours of sunlight a day in order to thrive.
Allow your Avocado Tree to dry out between watering periods. The soil should be dry to the touch, 2 to 3 inches below the surface. Once the soil feels dry, give your tree water until it runs from the bottom of the pot. Make sure the soil is moist and not oversaturated.
Avocado Trees benefit from fertilizer placement up to four times each year. Use an all-natural, organic fertilizer that’s specifically made for citrus plants.
Humidity is also vital. Misting your tree’s leaves once or twice a day will increase its humidity.
Avocados are ready to be harvested when their skin changes from a shade of light green to dark green. They should feel firm and pull away from their stems easily. Avocados won’t ripen on the tree and can actually be left on until you’re ready to pick them. Once you’ve harvested your Avocados, let them sit out on the counter for about a week or so. Their skin will turn a dark shade of purple to black, and they will feel slightly soft to the touch.
Watch for Signs
Avocado leaves can be excellent indicators to your tree’s health. If the leaves start to turn upwards and curl, or turn light brown, then your tree isn’t getting enough water. However, don’t correct under-watering with overwatering.
If the leaves droop like they’re too heavy for the tree or turn a dark shade of brown or black, then your tree is being overwatered.
Don’t be alarmed if your Avocado Tree drops almost all of its leaves. Avocado Trees are sensitive and will shed their leaves to protect themselves at the first sign of trouble. Also, Avocado Trees occasionally shed their leaves to save energy before a blooming cycle.
Your tree will love being placed outside during warm days, but keep a watchful eye for critters. Spider mites and aphids are the two main culprits.
Spider mites have the tendency to make small webs in the leaves and branches. Remove them with a duster and spray the leaves with a soap and water solution (use a gentle soap). Then wipe the branches and leaves down with a damp cloth.
You’ll spot aphids on the leaves pretty easily since they’re bright green. It’s best to remove aphids by applying an all-natural, organic pesticide. Aphids can also be removed by hand-wiping the leaves clean with a damp cloth.
Holy Guacamole, Avocados!
We don’t need another reason to enjoy eating Avocados. Creamy, bright yellow-green flesh wrapped around that large, iconic seed – we are hooked.
Made to spread across crackers, toast and more, its rich, fresh buttery taste absolutely wows.
Best of all, Avocados are not only delicious, but they’re also super healthy.
Avocados are low in bad fat but high in good fats, like monounsaturated fat and omega 3s that helps to lower bad cholesterol for a stronger and healthier heart.
While Avocados are full of nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K and more, they also help your body absorb nutrients.
The fiber in Avocados helps people to stay full for longer periods of time. It’s the perfect snack food for people who are interested in snacking less. The fiber also adds bulk to the colon, while its smooth texture lines the intestines for healthy digestion.
Avocados are so amazing, they make us want to dance. Get your own tree today!