Wednesday, August 17, 2011

for the love of avocado

I may never have mentioned this before, but if you know me well one of my dreams is to own an avocado tree. Ever since I was a kid attempting to grow an avocado over a glass of water, I have believed if only I lived in a warm climate it would be feasible. So with weeks of highs in the low 100s I decided this is my chance. Ryno and I saved two avocado pits from our dinners last week, and today I searched Google for the best method. It seems most people prefer to suspend the avocado pit  in water with toothpicks. However, I also came across a tutorial suggesting you wrap the pit in a paper towel, moisten it, place it in a plastic bag and leave it in the sun. Since we have two pits, I am trying both methods. I will let you know if one seems better than the other, but my overall impression is this is a slow process. I'm very excited though to see if it works! How wonderful would it be to pick your own avocados from your yard!

If you want to try growing your own plant too, I found it was surprisingly easy to press the toothpicks into the avocado. I only had three toothpicks and was worried they would break, but it was pretty effortless. Also, I opted to use a crystal glass from a set Ryno's mom sent us. Isn't it lovely? I thought it would be much nicer to look at than a jam jar for the next few weeks. I will have to switch it once the root starts to grow, but for now it's perfect.

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