Grow Your Own Guacamole: Avocado Tree Care

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Avocados have always been a popular fruit even before they started trending as a key part of a certain generation鈥檚 diet鈥攍ooking at you, millennials! While yes, spreading the rich, buttery flesh of an avocado on toast is delicious, another timeless use for them is guacamole. Give us a bag of our favorite chips and a heaping bowl of mouth-watering guac any day!

If, like us, you love making guacamole but don鈥檛 care for grocery store prices鈥攃onsider growing your very own avocado tree. That鈥檚 right, not only could you have your very own guac-making tree in your backyard, but as tropical fruit trees go, they鈥檙e also super easy to care for! Read on for avocado tree care tips and, as an added bonus, we鈥檝e included our favorite guacamole recipe, just for you.

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Care Tips for Growing an Avocado Tree

First, you鈥檒l need to choose a spot for your new tree. The perfect location will need to be in a bright and sunny spot; however, some shade from the hot afternoon sun is recommended.

Second, take care that you鈥檙e planting your tree in nice, well-draining soil. Don鈥檛 worry about fertilizer just yet鈥攊n fact, you can hold off fertilizing for the first year鈥攁s added boosts of nutrients can affect the root growth.

Avocado trees really don鈥檛 like to sit in water, so it doesn鈥檛 hurt to add a layer of shale in the base of the hole. This is similar to using a pot that doesn鈥檛 have drainage holes and you want to avoid things like root rot; trust us, your plant will appreciate it! Water only when it鈥檚 completely dry, similar to the care of a succulent.

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How Long Does an Avocado Tree Take to Bear Fruit?

With the proper care, your avocado tree should start producing fruits in three or four years. While this may seem like a long time, the only way you can achieve instant gratification is by spending the big bucks in a grocery store, so to avoid that we think homegrown is certainly worth the wait!

A huge feature of growing your own avocados is that you will never again have to deal with the dismaying discovery that they have all ripened, seemingly overnight. We鈥檝e all been there, and there鈥檚 just something about the brown, mushy flesh of an overripe avocado that makes them far less appealing.

Luckily, when still attached to the vine, avocados don鈥檛 over-ripen. You鈥檒l have the freedom to pluck one or two at your leisure and simply wait until they ripen just enough to be made into guacamole. Speaking of which鈥heck out our delicious go-to guacamole recipe below!

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How to Make Delicious Guacamole

Using only 8 ingredients and taking a mere 10 minutes to prepare, it鈥檚 no secret why guac is our go-to snack. Avocados are delicious and healthy, making the choice to buy and care for your own tree a no-brainer!  

Ingredients:

路  3 ripe avocados

路  2 Roma tomatoes, diced

路  陆 small onion, diced

路  1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced (optional)

路  2 garlic cloves, minced

路  3 tbsp chopped cilantro

路  1 lime, freshly squeezed

路  陆 tsp sea salt

Instructions:

1. Remove the avocado pits and mash the flesh into a mixing bowl.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until equally mixed.

3. Taste test (the most important step), and add more salt and cilantro as needed.

4. Serve with your favorite chips and enjoy! We hope you love this recipe as much as we do, and consider growing your very own avocado tree so that you can make it again and again! To pick up an avocado tree, and to inquire further about care tips, feel free to stop into our Living Color Garden Center right here in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We鈥檇 love to see you!

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