I don’t know about you, but I sometimes love to make myself avocado mash. It’s one of my favourite recipes when I quickly want to make a nice spread to go with good bread. It’s a pretty easy recipe that takes only four ingredients to make, and together they taste delicious. Preparations are easy. I normally use a ripe avocado, cut it in half, and with a spoon I scoop out the flesh which I put into a bowl. I add salt, pepper and lemon juice and then just mash it with a fork. Voila! Read to eat!
– 1 ripe avocado
– Pinch of salt
– A bit of pepper
– Juice of a lemon wedge
Tips on how to grow an avocado
At some point – whilst eating my favourite spread – I got curious about how to grow an avocado from a stone myself. I’d never done this before so I started watching a couple of youtube videos to figure out what I had to do. Here are some of my findings and tricks I use for the stone to reveal its beautiful tree. I’ve grown five avocados so far from a stone and as far as I know there are only possibly sixteen more years to go before our first avocado is going to bear us some fruit.
Step 1: How to take off the skin
Once the mash is prepared I am left with the stone. I wash off the rest of the flesh that’s still on the stone, and then I put it on to the window sill to let it dry in the sun. I discovered – just by accident – that the stone shrinks in the sun, but the skin doesn’t. Therefore, after a while it’s easy to peel of the skin after the stone has seen some sunshine.
Step 2: Make it sprout some roots
I am not a big fan of the toothpick method and it took me a while to find my own one. I experimented a bit, and found that turkish tea glasses are perfect for the stone to sit in water. It holds the stone, and at the same time gives it enough space to grow its roots as well as being exposed to sunlight for it to grow.
Step 3: When it poke its head out
It can take a long time before the stone starts to sprout roots and it can take even longer before the little plant poke its head out and grows past the stone. But when it happens, it’s almost like a miracle. It’s starts with a tiny something and it grows into a little tree. I normally leave the plant in the glass until it’s about 10cm tall.
Step 4: Time to plant it into soil
Once the little tree has outgrown the glass it’s time to put it into proper soil in order for it to get nutrients from the soil and not only from water. I tend to start with a small pot because I’ve made the experience that the avocado loves to grow in height rather than in width, depending on the size of the pot.
Step 5: Nothing more to do than wait
I planted my first avocado tree over three years ago, it’s 2019 now. It’s still in a big bucket and needs to go into proper soil soon. I read somewhere that some trees start to grow fruits after 3 or 4 years already. Other trees never grow fruits. It’s recommended to have several avocado trees growing together as it helps to aid pollination. For me it’s not just about the fruit actually. It’s more about the joy to see the tree grow out of the stone just because I put it in water.