Thursday, October 13, 2011

Just for Fun 

Avocado Plants

An avocado plant (Persea americana)
 is easy to grow from the large stone
 inside the fruit. After planting, it can
 take only a few years to produce a
plant that is 3 feet tall. 
Start by opening the avocado and
removing the stone from the center.
Push 3 toothpicks into the thickest
width of the stone. These will be used
 to suspend the stone over a glass filled
 with water (toothpicks resting on the
 rim of the glass). 

Suspend the stone so that the wide base
 of the pit is under the surface of the water,
 while the top part remains exposed to
the air. Place the glass in a bright window sill.
 Keep the water level high enough so that
the base of the pit stays submerged in at
least 1 inch.
In 3 to 6 weeks, the top of the avocado pit
 will begin to split and a stem will emerge.
 Roots will start to grow at the base. When
 the stem grows to a height of 5 to 6 inches,
 transplant your avocado plant to an 8 inch pot.

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