It all began with a special offer for avocado in the supermarket and a prawn cocktail. I made the cocktail myself with prawns and a self made cocktail sauce, and just to polish it up a bit I bought an avocado, cut it in small pieces, and mixed it with the prawns. Something I prepare as an entrée on high days and holidays.
The avocado had a stone, as usual. I had done this before a few years ago, but decided let’s try it again. I took the stone, put it in an egg cup full of water and put a cup over it to keep it in the dark and to encourage some roots. A couple of days later I had a sort of accident when I was watching the progress of my master experiment. Unfortunately the stone fell onto the stone floor and split into two halves. Undaunted I continued my experiment and put the two halves of the stone back into the water filled egg cup. I noticed that a strange structure had formed in the middle of the stone, but decided it could only get better.
Today, after two weeks of loving care and constant supply of fresh water, I discovered my stone had not only formed roots, but had started growing, not with one shoot but three. I decided it was time to plant my avocado tree, applying a “Hydrokultur” method of growth. I really do not know the english word for “Hydrokultur” as I could not find it in a dictionary anywhere. However, to explain, instead of planting the stone in earth, it is now growing in water, surrounded by foamed clay (another translation I found from the German “blahton”, but do not know if it makes sense).
Here is a photo of the growing tree, which has been given water containing special liquid fertiliser. In about ten years I hope to show a photo of the tree, complete with the first harvest of avocado pears.