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How To Grow an Avocado Tree From Seed

Mature Avocado Tree

Mature Avocado Tree

Some Fun Fact about Avocados
Call them ahuacatl, avocaat, abogado, avocatier, agovago pears or alligator pear, from guacamole to sushi, the world over has enjoyed avocados in a variety of ways. Once considered to have an aphrodisiac effect in many cultures, avocado growers put a lot of effort into dispelling this reputation to increase its popularity.
From guacamole to sushi, avocados have been enjoyed for centuries by all cultures. The fruit of the avocado has been reported to have healthy cardiovascular effects. Avocado oil is now used for many dermatological applications. It has also been reported to have beneficial effects against osteoarthritis.
Most of all – they taste good! 

Nutritional Benefits of Avocados
Nutritionally, each 3.5 oz. avocado averages 160 calories, 2 grams of protein, 15 grams of healthy fats and only 2 “net” carbs (9 grams of carbs with 7 from fibre), making them a friendly low-carb food.
5 Easy Steps to start your avocado tree
Things you will need:
•A ripe avocado seed (preferably from a farmer’s market so they are not GM-genetically modified)
•A tumbler (preferably glass)
•Four toothpicks

The Set-Up
1.Cut the avocado lengthwise, being careful not to cut through the seed. Twist the two halves, exposing the seed – remove the pit
2.Wash the pit carefully-do not use soap, only warm water. Be careful not to remove seed cover. Wash until pit is no longer slippery
3.Hold the pit with the narrow end up and insert 4 toothpicks about midway – these will support the pit when placed in the glass of water
4.Make sure your tumbler is wide enough for your pit – set your pit, rounded end down, in the glass and fill it to rim with water
5.Set in a well-lit, temperate area where it will be undisturbed
•Ensure you replace the water every 1-2 days; this will prevent mould and bacteria from forming
•Keep the base submerged in the water
•Be patient for the roots to sprout – 2-3 weeks-the tap will form within 3-4 weeks – take care not injure
•The skin of the seed will dry out, wrinkle and slough off – this is natural
•The seed will soon sprout at the top, put out leaf-buds and a shoot bearing leaves
•When the stem reaches 15-18cm (7”) cut back to about 7-8cm (3”) to encourage new growth
•When it reaches 15-18cm(7”)  again, it is time to plant your baby avocado tree
•Remove from water and carefully remove the toothpicks

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How to Care of Indoor Plants

Dracaena Marginata Stump Acclimated

Dracaena Marginata Stump Acclimated



When it comes to taking care of indoor plants, sometimes, even your best intentions can go awry!  Too much water and they drown. Too little water and they wither and die. Too strong a fertilizer, to weak a fertilizer, too little sun, too much light – the lists of do’s and don’ts goes on endlessly.  
How is one to know what to do?
One of the best things you can do as a plant-lover is to arm yourself with information.  Where once you had to buy volumes of books and read through all the boring stuff to get to what you needed to know, now the internet has become your best friend.  Having a beautiful coffee-table version of the best plant book on earth is wonderful. You can browse it at your leisure.  But when you want answers, the quickest, most efficient way is to search the internet.
One of the most recommended products for organic pest control is Neem oil.

Uses for Neem Oil
Neem oil is a naturally occurring oil that helps control:
•Insects: Kills or repels many harmful insects and mites, including aphids, cabbage worms, snails, flies, nematodes, gnats , mealybugs, moths, cockroaches, , termites, whiteflies, mosquitoes, and scale. It also attacks the larvae and its bitter taste repels plant munchers 

•Fungus: Effective in preventing fungal diseases such as black spot, anthracnose, rust, and mildew

•Disease: Battles viruses that can harm plants.

Neem oil is a popular choice in organic gardens, indoors and outdoors because it is:
•Non-toxic: If not sprayed directly on them, neem oil is nontoxic to beneficial garden insects such as earthworms, predatory wasps, ladybugs, spiders, honeybees, ants, and adult butterflies. It is also nontoxic to humans, birds, and other animals 

•Organic: Neem oil is plant based 

•Biodegradable: breaks down quickly and leaves no residue
Tips for your plants

•Study up on the types of plants you plan to have in your home and their specific needs

•Learning about the lighting and watering needs will help you place your plant in just the right spot in your home

•Set up a schedule to clean, feed and tend to your plants. Just as your pets need your care, so do your plants

•Some people talk to their plants, others play music for them. The most important thing is to not neglect them
Remember, each plant is special and has specific needs. Once you get comfortable with a care routine, you can sit back and enjoy all your beautiful, healthy plants.
Do you have some favourite houseplant, perhaps a spider plant, Bird of Paradise or African violet? Tell us about it and how you care for it:

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Infographic on how to take care of indoor plants.

Infographic on how to take care of indoor plants.

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