The avocados keep avocadoing...

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The avocados keep avocadoing...

Postby Elmigo » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:21 pm

Did anyone try growing avocado before? Just put an avocado seed in the water for germination and now I'm looking at it every waking minute after getting up or coming home. By the way, yes it looks like I've killed it but this is really the way people sprout avocados at home. Let's see!

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Re: The avocados keep avocadoing...

Postby Primrose » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:12 pm

This reminded me of this craze here years ago when avocados first started to become better known here rather than being regarded as " Queer gear" as our local fruit and veg market stall holder used to call them!.
I actually succeeded in growing one of these to a point where it was a couple of feet tall and potted up, but alas our climate is naturally too cold for them to thrive and outdoor temperatures eventually killed it off. I don,t know anybody in this country who has succeeded in growing them to a point where they would crop as they'd need to be grown under glass.

However its one of those projects that perhaps every school child should undertake as part of their "Nature Study" class, along with growing a runner bean in a jam jar trapped in between a sheet of damp blotting paper.

Having said this, I guess few children know what blotting paper is now that fountain pens and liquid ink are almost obsolete! I don't know where you would even be able to buy blotting paper these days. The average young retail shopping assistant has probably never even heard of it.

Good luck anyway Elmigo. Keep us posted on progress. Not easy to buy a decent avocado these days. They look OK on the outside but often when you cut them open the flesh is black and inedible.
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Re: The avocados keep avocadoing...

Postby alan refail » Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:15 pm

Maybe you need to be in Suriname! When my daughter lived in Guyana next door to Suriname, they had wonderful avocado trees in the garden.
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Re: The avocados keep avocadoing...

Postby Elmigo » Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:27 pm

Primrose wrote:its one of those projects that perhaps every school child should undertake as part of their "Nature Study" class


Oh I couldn't agree more! An avocado may take 15 years to set fruit but at least germinating it would introduce our future generations to one of the million wonders of life. I remember getting very excited when looking at my first mango seedling coming up! It's still alive, not sure for how long, but it's a really beautiful experiment :mrgreen: By the way, as a youngster, I have known blotting paper but never really used it though.
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Re: The avocados keep avocadoing...

Postby Westi » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:43 pm

I'm very glad you have joined our forum Elmigo! Your experiments are so interesting & you have the right philosophy for giving it a try & fingers crossed! I do hope you are keeping a garden journal as if predictions are correct we may all need to adapt at some point in the future & so much easier if someone has had the failures first & found a way to get the plants through the challenging times as any change in the weather won't be straight into the tropical mode!
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Re: The avocados keep avocadoing...

Postby Elmigo » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:40 am

Thank you, I am glad I joined too as this seems to be a very friendly place. More of a community!
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