Avocado Plant Care: Information About Growing Avocados In Pots
Growing avocados indoors is not easy. If you are planning to grow them in your home, then it’s best if you have some experience with the topic. You need to make sure that the soil quality is good enough so that they don’t rot and die from lack of water or sunlight. A well-drained soil is necessary for the growth of these plants.
Also, you must take into consideration the size of your house and how much space you will have to dedicate to growing them.
The first thing you need to do when deciding whether or not it’s worth it to grow avocados in a pot is determine what kind of container you’ll use. There are two main types of containers used for growing avocados. They’re either plastic or glass. Both of these kinds of containers have their advantages and disadvantages.
Plastic containers tend to be lighter than glass ones, but they’re also less durable too. Glass is very strong, but it’s heavy and expensive to buy and maintain.
Plastic Container Vs Glass Container: Pros And Cons Of Each One?
There are many pros and cons to both types of containers. To begin, the plastic ones are much lighter to transport when full of soil. This makes it much easier to move the container around. The weight of a glass container might break your lawn mower if you’re not careful. It can also break your back if you decide to carry it somewhere instead. Another good thing about plastic is that it is not as breakable as a glass container. If it falls off of your truck bed, chances are it won’t shatter into a million pieces. Finally, plastic is cheaper than most glass containers.
However, despite all of these pros, there are some major con’s to plastic containers. Chief among them is the fact that they cannot hold water continuously for long periods of time. Water seeps through the bottom of the container and ruins the soil almost every time without fail. Another con is that they are not as aesthetically pleasing to look at in most instances.
Many times the plastic containers have a cheap, homemade look to them that some people might be embarrassed to have out in the open.
Glass containers, on the other hand, have far more pros than cons when it comes to growing avocados. They seem to better protect the roots of your trees from disease. They also better protect the roots of your trees from the outside environment. The glass containers allow less light to pass through, so less sunlight can damage the plant’s foliage or the avocados themselves.
Also, because the soil stays moist for longer periods of time in a glass container, you don’t need to water as much. This helps you conserve water and also prevents the roots from drying out too much. Glass is more expensive than plastic, but not by much. You can also find some very beautiful glass containers at garage sales and thrift stores which you can then use for your avocado trees.
There are many other pros and cons to each container type, but these should give you a good idea of what to expect. In summary, the plastic containers are better suited for casual gardeners who don’t want to fuss over their plants very much. They’re cheaper and they don’t break as easily. The glass containers are best suited for people who want to grow the best avocados that they can.
Other Considerations For Growing In Pots
Regardless of whether you plant in a plastic container or a glass container, you will have to add some soil to it before you plant your tree in it. This means that you will have to buy some new soil or get some from somewhere else. Buying soil can be expensive unless you get it in bulk from a nursery or some place similar. If you are really trying to save money on your initial investment, you might want to get the soil from a local park or forest area.
Just be sure that you only take dirt from areas where it is legal to do so.
You can also save money and use dirt from your own yard, but this may not be the best idea. Your own backyard soil almost certainly has things in it that aren’t good for avocado trees to grow in it. This mainly consists of chemicals or other non-edible items that you probably have in your yard. Steer clear of these as they will kill your tree within a few days at most.
Instead of soil, you can also plant your tree in a wooden box. You’ll have to make this yourself from scratch, and it will consist of two by fours nailed together to form a container that’s anywhere from three to five gallons in size. Some people prefer to grow their trees in these as they can then be planted directly into the ground when they’re fully grown. These wooden boxes take more time and money to make, but can pay off in the long run.
Once you have your container and soil, you’ll need to think about what you’re going to do for fertilizer. Fertilizer consists of a mix of nutrients that your tree can feed on to grow. It’s best to talk to other gardeners or check a book from the library to learn which ingredients work best for your area, but a good place to start is with manure, bone meal and some type of fruit or vegetable peel.
Use manure that you get from a zoo, animal park or other place where they have animals. Horse manure is best, but cow and other types will also work. Don’t use the type of manure you find in your backyard, as it most likely contains chemicals that can kill your tree.
Bone meal can be gotten from a pet store or even a garden store. It’s basically the crushed up bones of animals and provides nutrients to plants when used as a fertilizer.
Finally, you need fruit and vegetable peels. These can be gotten from any fruit or vegetable that contains a thick peel, such as an orange. Grapefruit peels also work well. Be sure to never use fruit or vegetables that have been sprayed with any type of chemical, as this will kill your tree.
Add two shovels full of manure, four shovels full of bone meal and eight shovels full of fruit and vegetable peel to each hole in your garden. Then fill the hole with water and let it soak in over night so that the ingredients can merge with the soil. The next day you’re ready to plant.
Planting And First Aid
Once you have everything you need, it’s time to plant your avocado tree. Place your tree in the hole you’ve dug, ensuring that at least the first few sets of branches are just above the surface of the ground. Fill in the hole with dirt and gently pat it around the base of the tree to ensure there are no air pockets in the soil.
Water your new tree well and then you’re done. Well, almost. Your tree still needs care and maintenance to ensure that it grows into a healthy and productive tree.
Your first concern is water. Avocado trees need a lot of water, so don’t be shy with the hose. Make sure that you keep the area constantly moist and don’t let it dry out. If the weather is hot, you may even need to water it twice a day.
Next you’ll want to add fertilizer. You can use the manure you used before, but you shouldn’t use more than one shovel full every three months. Use it more often than that and you run the risk of poisoning the tree.
You’ll also need to keep pests away from your tree. Insects and animals love to eat the leaves and fruits of avocados, so you’ll need to protect your investment. Build a fence around the tree or plant something thick enough to obstruct potential prowlers. You can also use pesticides, but avoid using them unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Too much of anything is bad for your tree.
Finally, your tree will need to be pruned at some point. Avocado trees have a tendency to grow really tall with several wide branches and thin, spindly branches. You want to keep the tree short and wide, so once it reaches about five feet in height you’ll need to have the main trunk and major branches trimmed. There’s a lot involved in this process, so consult a professional or take a class on tree pruning if you’re not familiar with the process.
Once you’ve done all of this, your tree should grow quickly and be ready for harvest in about five years. You’ll then have to decide what to do with it from there. Selling the fruits may be difficult, as most people don’t know what to do with them. Just a head’s up.
That should do it. Good luck and let me know how everything turns out!
Talk to you soon,
The next entry is written on a loose piece of paper. It is much more recent and the writing is quite messy, as if written in a great hurry.
I thought I told you not to come here. I’m serious. You need to stop what you’re doing. Now.
I can’t believe that you didn’t listen to me.
You know how dangerous this is? What the hell is wrong with you?
You could have gotten us both killed! I’m serious, Chad. Our friendship doesn’t mean jack if you’re going to act like this. You need help, man.
Who knows who else you’ve told about our operation?
I’ve covered your tracks so far, but if you keep this up, they’re going to find out. And when they do, I’m not going to be able to help you. I’m serious, man.
You need to seriously get yourself some help. Don’t call me anymore and stay away from me.
No, I didn’t plant the drugs there.
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Look, just take care of yourself and stay away from me.
No, I won’t change my mind.
I really hope I won’t have to explain this to the police.
Chapter 6: The “Hospital”
You have a flash back.
You’re sitting at your desk in high school chemistry class. The teacher, Mr. Antonelli, is at the front of the room while the students chat quietly amongst themselves about what they did over their summer vacations. You paid attention for the first few months of school, but stopped once it became apparent that Mr.
Antonelli didn’t care about the class material all that much. Most of the time he ends up talking about his personal life and vacations that he goes on with his wife.
You look around the small room. Everyone is working on a worksheet while Mr. Antonelli sits at his desk grading papers. You open your backpack and reach inside to grab your water bottle.
Slowly, you unscrew the top and begin to sip from it. Alison, a pretty brunette from one of your other classes smiles at you from across the room. You smile back and go back to what you’re doing.
Sitting beside you is your best friend, Jacob. He’s tall and lanky with long curly brown hair and glasses. He’s also into video games just as much as you are.
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