Avo is the name of my avocado tree. Hey, don’t judge me! I have been nurturing this little guy for five months now – although I shouldn’t call him little guy anymore because he is getting huge – and I have the right to name him by now. As you may have just assumed, people think I am pretty strange for growing an avocado tree, and even more so for naming him. I don’t know about you, but where I live, most people don’t have avocado trees in their backyard. In fact, some people don’t know avocados grow on trees at all. So why would I grow an avocado tree?
Well, to really understand why I do things like this, I guess I have to introduce myself. Hello, my name is Emily. I roam around on Pinterest often, and I have a bit of a green thumb (I grew some tomatoes in my backyard once). Those two traits might be normal for a normal person, but I’m not normal. I have a habit of taking things to the extreme. What I mean by this is that I just do things, and without much thought. Honestly, I think this is a pretty good trait. It’s probably why I am here typing on my very own blog now, because I just decided to do it. One day, I was scrolling on Pinterest and saw that you can grow an avocado tree from an avocado pit. In case you aren’t freaking out about how cool that is, let me tell you, I think that’s the coolest thing ever. So I did it.
It was around February 2018, and my mom had just come home with two ripe avocados that I had asked her to buy. My mom’s the best, so she cut one avocado and got the pit out for me, while I prepared by reading the directions on the Pinterest post one last time. I washed the pit, and got out my tools – three toothpicks and a cup of water- and I started the procedure. I did it quick and easily, and I thought that what I had done was perfect… Sadly, a hard truth would be revealed in the next two months.
Basically I had been watering an upside down avocado pit – and the way the pit is positioned is pertinent to the art of avocado tree growing – for the last two months.
Attempt 1 was a fail, but I still had gusto in me, and I wasn’t going to quit.
In attempt number two I made sure to put the pointy side of the pit was on the top, and the rounded side on the bottom. Lo and behold, after a couple of weeks it started to grow, and fast! That’s when I became a proud mom, to my very first child, Avo. Week after week, he grew more and then he became too big for the cup, with the roots curling up at the bottom.
Everyone who stopped by saw Avo, since he sat on the window sill in the living room, and he made a great conversation starter. When my grandma stopped by, she said that all of the kids used to try and grow avocados with the toothpicks like I was doing, and I was surprised. Nobody that I told had any idea that you could do this, and it made me proud to think that maybe I could be the one to bring this super fun hobby back.
Avo hit a plateau in his growth, and that’s when I realized that I had to plant him in actual dirt now. I got a 10-inch pot from somewhere in my garage, and some dirt from my backyard, and I placed him in the pot. I thought that Avo might die out of shock or something when he got replanted from a cup of clean water to some random dirt in my backyard, but what happened was quite the opposite. In fact, dirt seemed to be exactly what Avo needed to continue his growth. (I know right, what a crazy idea that a plant might need soil.) Instead of week after week, it felt like day after day, my plant continued to grow more and more. Even my brother – who seemed like he couldn’t care less about the avocado – stopped in his tracks to say, “Woah, that thing’s getting big.”
The reason I’ve decided to write this article now is because just recently I had to plant Avo in a massive steel pot I got from Kmart. My mom is definitely regretting helping me through this avocado journey, as it sits right on the landing and is the first thing you see when you walk inside our house. Just a couple of weeks ago my Grandma walked in and stopped in her tracks.
“Hey Gram, are you good?”
“Oh yes – just um- wow. When we used to grow avocados they never got that big!”
“Oh. Haha. Thanks.”
While Avo may be a wonder to some, he is one of my greatest successes. I’ve realized through this process that you don’t need to spend a bunch of money to garden, and that many hobbies just require you and some stuff you most likely have sitting around your house. A lot of people ask if Avo grows avocados. This is a reasonable question, but actually, Avo won’t be growing any avocados for the next 10-15 years. Shocking, right? Well, I guess it’s true what they say about the important things in life not being about the destination, but about the journey. Come spring, Avo will be living in nature for the first time. So as I continue to grow up and learn through trial and error with my avocado tree, I hope he serves of a reminder to me of how I’ve evolved throughout my life. Then, by the time my age has doubled in it’s years, I can enjoy some well deserved home-grown guacamole.
However, it’s a shame that I don’t like avocados.
As always, thank you so much for reading my blog, written By me, Emily.