Avocados are a source of vitamins and nutrients. Their popularity as a condiment or use in salads is enhanced by the sunny climates evoked by their presence on the menu. Planting avocado trees outdoors is not a viable option for most United States gardeners because of the plant’s preference for tropical to sub-tropical temperatures and frost sensitivity. However, you can learn how to plant an avocado tree as a potted indoor plant or in a protected area outdoors to grow your own crop of this rich, versatile fruit. Warm indoor temperatures, bright sunlight and good avocado tree care can have you on your way to homemade guacamole and a host of other gustatory delights.
Planting avocado trees properly is only the first step to getting fruit. Avocado tree care must include deep, thorough watering when the growing season is in full swing. The trees benefit from fertilization in February through September. Use ammonium sulfate applications spread out over this period. In the first year after planting, apply 1/2 cup (120 ml.), which increases to 1 cup (240 ml.) per month. Once the tree is two years old, application can increase to 2 cups (480 ml.) every month.