You can display an avocado plant on a table or on the floor. The plant is grown from an avocado pit. To have a lush plant, not a spindly one, wash the pit and let it dry overnight. Plant the pit in moist soil with the top third of the pit showing. Place in a west or east facing window and keep the soil moist. If you pinch the growing tips as they appear, branching will result. Your plant will bear fruit if it has ample sunlight.
Light- Bright north, sunny east or west window. The avocado need 1 or 2 hours of direct sun each day. However, direct sunlight in the summer is not recommended.
Temperature- Average house temperature in winter that is not over 75 degrees. A better plant develops with regular misting of the leaves. Fresh air also results in a healthy plant.
Potting soil- Use all-purpose potting soil.
Watering- Water the plant enough to keep the soil moist. Extreme wet or dry soil should be avoided.
Problems- Red spider mites may attack the plant if it is kept in dry, hot air. Shower the plant well if mites appear. Mist throughout the winter months to avoid infestation.
Containers- Clay or plastic containers are fine. When roots become crowded, move plant to larger pot.
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