Fruit and Vegetables

Avocado seeds

Question: Avocado with problems

I managed to get an avocado seedling, simply by burying a seed. I find myself a beautiful plant almost a meter high within a season. This spring is born. I live in Liguria and to shelter it from the north I brought it home, now it shows some worrying dark spots on some leaves, spots with limited width, but I have the impression that those leaves will die to my great regret and sense of powerlessness. I wonder why, what the cause may be and what I can do to remedy. A thank you thank you for whatever the response.

Question: Avocado with problems

Dear Sandra,
in nature the avocados are used to minimum temperatures even close to zero, with a cold winter; your plant has probably suffered a little from moving from a well-lit and airy place to an enclosed, poorly ventilated and dry climate. For this reason it probably became an easy prey for some fungal disease; if the ruined leaves are few, remove them; if instead they are many, make a treatment with a fungicide.
Avoid watering the avocados a lot in the winter, always wait until the soil is dry, but vaporize the foglliame with demineralized water.

Avocado seed

This fruit is one of the simplest to germinate starting from the seeds. Here are some tips to get a new healthy and resistant plant starting from the seeds of the fruit. It must be said that probably, at our latitudes, it will be difficult to have a plant that produces fruit, but it can still become a decorative specimen, remembering that it can even reach twenty meters in height.
To germinate a new plant starting from the seeds, take one and insert four toothpicks, placing them in the center of the mirror. Now take a glass almost full of water and insert the seed, which will remain partially out thanks to the toothpicks that will rest on the edge. Check that there is enough space between the seed and the bottom of the glass, because there is enough space for root development.

Avocado Seeds: Tips

Once the seed has been placed inside the glass, place it in a safe and sheltered position, with good brightness but not with direct exposure to sunlight. Germination will occur in about a month; remember to check that there is always enough water in the glass. When the plant reaches twenty centimeters, the ideal would be to shorten it to a length of ten centimeters, so as to allow it to strengthen. To be sure that the new shoot supports the transfer of the seed into the soil, it is good to wait until you have a specimen about 30 cm high. As for the soil to be used, it is good to bury the seed in a soft and light substrate, in which there is a sand component, checking that it allows good drainage because the plant does not like water stagnation. Naturally it must be verified that the upper part of the seed remains exposed to the air and not completely buried. The plant loves warm and humid climates, so in the cold season it is good to place it in a sheltered and protected place. The plant can be hit by aphids, in that case it is possible to intervene with appropriate insecticide products or with the use of water and soap from Marseille to wash the leaves, which will then be rinsed.