While I have been neglecting the posting of updates on my two avocado plants, I have not been neglecting the plants themselves. They have grown quite a bit; the larger tree is about 12″ tall and the other is about 9″ in height. Since posting Part 2 of my experiment, I have planted the two growing trees each in their own pot. I reused a couple of small ceramic pots that we had laying around the house — about 8″ to 10″ in height and about 6″ to 8″ in diameter. During the warm Atlanta summer months, they flourished outside on our deck in 3/4 sunlight, but over the past couple of weeks we had our first frost. I first moved the plants to the garage as to not shock them with the temperature change. Currently, they are living on the desk in my office which gets a small amount of direct morning sunlight. More details after the break.
It’s been over a month since I started to root my avocado seeds. As you can see in the photo above, the roots for my more mature seed are about 4 to 5 inches long. The stem has also begun to sprout and is just past the surface of the seed. I’ve been noticing them drinking a lot more water, requiring a fresh bowl every couple of days. It will still be a while before transplanting to a normal pot — at this rate, about another month or two. Stay tuned.
On my relatively short list of interests, you are unlikely to find anything relating to a green thumb. In my life as a bachelor consultant nurturing greenery was just not on my radar. Meeting my wife has introduced me to the world of gardening. Even with my new found respect for this hobby, I am not an avid participant. But once I discovered that you could easily sprout an actual avocado tree from the pit that I so often discard I decided that I would try to do this myself. Learn more after the break.