The word "love" is an understatement for our feelings about avocados around here. I think it's even the one food that The Sheriff doesn't tire of in the rotation. We all know how excited we get when they like something and serve it to them 14 millions times which I'm sure drives any toddler insane, but anyway, he's always liked them, and I love them, and what do you know, but they're healthy!
So when my mom told me that my grandmother grew them, I just knew that my green thumb was about to lose its innocence: it was time to garden, my friends!
J thinks it's pretty funny that I'm doing this all on hearsay and advice passed on from my grandmother to my mom and that I haven't looked up one morsel online about it. Hey, I don't think JuJu (my grandmother) looked up how to do this mess, although she is on fb. Hmm. Anyway, I thought, why not just give it a go and keep it uncomplicated with advice from Sandy Gardener online. I'm sorry if you exist Sandy Gardener. I'm sure you are a wonderful person who may or may not grow things; I just needed a name.
So here's the process (all passed on from one generation to the next. I feel like saying that makes growing things a bit more epic. Perhaps more so when something actually grows.)
Eat an avocado. Choose your method, but do not, I repeat DO NOT, try to cook an egg inside an avocado inside of a cast iron skillet. That little nugget you saw on Pinterest, is a sham my friends! Listen to this voice of reason--a sham I tell you! --signed the girl who tried it and failed miserably.
Take the seed out and wash away any avocado pieces and let it dry out a bit. The outer brown "shell" will start to crack and then you can peel it off like this:
Peel all of the brown off then move along.
Place three toothpicks in the upper half of the avocado so that you can place them on the rim of a plastic cup and the avocado seed can sit int the water about halfway.
Notice the horizontal line in the next picture. I made the mistake of starting it this way but then had to turn it. Since I haven't looked up anything online (I think) that natural line should be vertical when you put into water, BUT I noticed that the second set that I tried had one arranged this way and it started to crack in another direction to fix itself.
Place in water like so:
Make sure the water level stays up to cover at least half of the seed. If your seed doesn't sit far down enough, move the toothpicks further up.
I called my mom instead who then informed me that I was growing a stem, not a root! See how virgin my green thumb is!!! Well, no longer. Whether successful or not, I rode with The Sheriff and Cowboy over to HGC and picked up this pot and some potting soil (which apparently has all of these nutrients) and planted these bad boys!
I even found some "hired help" to keep up with the watering.
But I gave them some "Momma love" too. These are my newest babies after all. Who needs a dog right?
After watering daily, they look like this!
There are two seeds inside (obviously) but my mom suggested planting a male and female seed in the same pot. What?! was my first reaction. There are male and female avocado? Indeed, check the seed shape when you open them. I don't need to give you any further explanation. I hope.
Anyway, the stem in the background barely reached out of the dirt when I first planted it, so this is pretty exciting, and the one in the foreground didn't have leaves at first. We'll see what happens. A friend told me that the trees get pretty large. I'm not ready for backyard planting. Neither is J who might be "hired" to dig a hole. She also told me they'd have avocados by the time W was 16. I guess that's Cowboy's hope; we can force him to dig the dang hole!