Grow Your Own Avocado Tree

avocado pits in water for sprouting

I’ve always wanted an avocado tree! But since I live in a region that doesn’t have warm winters, they can’t survive outside all year round. So, I’ve decided why not try to grow my own from pits I’ve saved from all the avocados my family eats. Not sure if they’ll work, but hey never hurts to try it. I know they take a long time to grow and fruit so it may be a year or more before I actually get to taste one of my own but it should be fun and eventually when you do get to reap the benefits of your avocado tree, you’ll know where your food came from, it won’t cost you much-just a little TLC and start-up supplies. Plus if you have little kids like me, it’ll be a fun activity for them to watch and enjoy as well. So, this is my first experience as well with growing my own avocado tree but I have grown other vegetables and plants from seeds I’ve saved, so this will be new and exciting for me too!

So here’s what you’ll need to do…

Buy one or two organic avocado them in half and eat the fruit and then save your pits. Rinse them off and dry them with a paper towel. Poke three toothpicks into the top upper half of the pit and then get a small jar or container and fill it with water. Submerge your avocado pit 1 inch into the jar so that the toothpicks balance the pit half in the water and half out. Put them somewhere where they’ll get indirect sunlight and then wait. Within a couple of weeks you should see a crack in the pit and a white root grown down into the jar. Keep an eye on your water level so that it doesn’t go with out water. You may have to transplant your pit to a bigger jar as the root grows. After a while a shoot will appear at the top of the pit and will begin to grow. Once the shoot gets to be an inch or two high you can transplant your pit into a pot of organic soil or compost. Just remember avocado trees needs warm controlled temperatures, so your plant won’t do well outside in the mid-atlantic region until middle of May and probably needs to come back inside by October-depending how the weather continues through out the year. I’m excited! Come back and check out to see how my tree is growing throughout the year. I know it’s not the best picture-but this is what your starting jars should look like. Have fun!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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