Ask the Expert: Soil for Avocado Tree
I have been growing an avocado tree from a pit and its doing very well. The leaves and root system are quite large now, and I want to pot it before the roots start to deteriorate. The only problem is, every website i go to for help gives me a different answer on the right soil to pot it in! I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me the best soil for it. Thank you!!! Ains
If the avocado is planted in a container use a general purpose potting that is sand, bark and perlite based rather than an a heavy peat based potting soil. This type of soil will give the plant what it needs along with the drainage it needs. It is imperative that your container drains well. Be sure to place it in a container that has drain holes. Ceramic or natural (breathable) containers are preferred over plastic containers. Keep it sheltered from strong winds but exposed to full sun if possible. Water lightly during the winter months and heaver during the growing season. It is important that the plant isn’t exposed to temperatures under 55 degrees for any length of time.
I have always wanted to start an avocado from the pit, so please keep me posted. It might help me get the courage to try growing my own.