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A slew of dishes instantly become more flavorful with the addition of nutritious avocados. Whether you have the taste for a delicious salad or avocado tacos, there's no shortage of avocado recipes to try.
While it might seem like a no-brainer to grab a few avocados at your local supermarket, there's no reason not to consider growing your own avocado plant from a single brown seed indoors. All it takes are a few simple steps and essentials like water, toothpicks and soil, and you're on your way to enjoying all the benefits of this gorgeous houseplant.
Take a look below for our step-by-step guide, as well as pointers on how to grow and care for your avocado plant. It also makes for a fun children's activity, especially if they enjoy gardening projects!
Check out these five basic steps to begin growing your very own avocado tree from a single brown seed:
Note: Rather than starting from scratch, purchase older trees. Visit Amazon to buy grafted, 4-feet tall avocado trees that may yield fruit in 3-4 years rather than 10.
Place your pot in a sunny spot indoors and water lightly but often. The goal is to keep the soil moist but not sopping wet, California Avocados recommends. You can place your pot outdoors in the summer as long as temperatures stay above 45°F. Occasionally, prune your plant (every 6 inches or so) to encourage fullness.
Gardening tip: Overwatering can lead to yellow leaves. Cut back to prevent root rot.
Avocados are tropical plants (they're native to southern Mexico), so you can also plant avocado trees in the ground outside in USDARead more on goodhousekeeping.com