15/11/2008

Avocado Tree you WILL be mine

I don't know about anyone else but I have attempted to grow an Avocado from the Pip a garzillion times. There was one stage when every Avocado Pip was attempted to be grown - and we eat a LOT of Avocados. Attempted being the operative word here. I have no problem getting a Root to grow - though it takes weeks and weeeeeeks, and even once or twice I have managed to get a decent bit of Stalk as well - but alack and alas that is ever as far as they get. Until now. Ladies and Ladies (I really don't think any guys read this - if you do shout out) allow me to introduce you to Audrey III
Feed me Seymour!
Though Audrey five million three hundred and eighty five thousand two hundred and sixteen is more appropriate I didn't think it would do her ego much good - so Audrey III it is!! Isn't she a BEAUT! Like her namesake she is going to take over the world (well my garden at least) but unlike her namesake she is Vegan and doesn't require blood to sustain her. Just lots of sunlight and chats over cups of tea. I started her from Pip in the beginning of May this year - so she is doing splendidly. I'm a bit scared that the cold will kill her and for this reason she is in the one spot that gets sunlight through the winter months (we are north facing - bummer!). I would be distraught if she didn't make it, I have become rather obsessed with the whole thing but I have poured so much love and care into Audrey III that it would be very upsetting for anything to happen to her. I'm contemplating bringing her inside the house at night times. Am I bit too obsessed do you think? Gahhh I don't care anyway - I'll be the one laughing when I'm picking my fresh Avocados off her in a few years time! BOO YEAH!

33 comments:

pavotrouge said...

naw, you're not obsessed about the plant baby, it's natural to be proud of what you've grown yourself!

I'm also jealous of the swap package, would you also be into a private swap outside the ppk?

Becca said...
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Becca said...

Nope, not obsessed at all! It's so awesome watching thinsg grow and then actually getting FOOD from them! The idea is entirely exciting

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

Wow! I am impressed! I was never able to get past the roots! Although I don't even know what I would do with it if it did grow. It would never survive here anyway.

miss v said...

great job! i can never get those suckers to grow! you will be rich with avocados!

Cody said...

Yay avocado! Congrats.

I've never even attempted to sprout an avocado. Or anything else. I just saw a book called Don't Throw It, Grow It! with tips on sprouting various "kitchen scraps" and I kind of wanted to try it...

thedalyn said...

I grew up in Southern California--aka Avocado central--and I would advise you to bring her in if it gets very cold there. She'll handle some cold weather, but I think frost is a problem. Also, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm pretty sure you need more than one tree for them to fruit. She is very cute, though, and I'm totally impressed.

Chelsea said...

Wow, Audry III is a beaut! When I was a kid, my mom was trying to grow one here in Oregon, and it got pretty tall, maybe 3 feet or so, but never any bigger and no avocados :( We had that thing for years!

I don't know about bringing her in, but I'm sending happy growing vibes her way!

Ginger said...

i'm keeping good, happy thoughts of growth and abundant fruit for your darling! she's beautiful and i'm totally jealous of your future avocado supply.....nicely done jeni!

i wonder if i could grow one inside....the plant probably wouldn't be too happy about that though. bummer. i like your idea of outside during the day and inside at night to keep the frost off, but i couldn't do that in colorado during the winter.

gourmetbliss said...

I'm so stoked for you!!!
I've tried growing avocados... fail! fail! fail!
i figured it was just me.
i've managed to kill all plants i try to grow.
good luck!!!!!

River said...

Audry III is such a beauty! I don't blame you for wanting to bring her in at night and spoiling her rotten!
Your comment on my blog was so sweet, I blush! :)

shellyfish said...

How exciting! I hope she grows tall and strong and gets all knocked up with baby avocados!

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

You are one green-fingered Hippy!
Take her in at night, keep her snug and warm.
I can't wait for next year when I can start growing me some Rhubarb, Carrots and a full Herb Garden! What is about going vegan that turns you into Barbara from The Good Life!?! >:o)

The Cooking Lady said...

OK, I my avocado tree is in its 7th flipping year of growth and we got ZIP...NADA...ZERO...ZILCH! I am guessing by now that you are getting my meaning.

The odd thing is, is that I did not even like avocados until about 5 years ago or so. So now I am stoked to have this tree bear its fruit. And when it does...beware. I can taste then now. Avocado sandwiches, guacamole and bread, the list will be endless.

Sal said...

Audrey III - love it, love that film!!

Don't blame for obsessing a bit - I would be the same, if only my flat got some sun I could grow stuff!!

jessy said...

hooray for Audry 3! i will cheer for her and keep my fingers crossed that she grows up to be the best, most bountiful avocado tree EVER! she's so pretty, Jeni! yay!

Bethany said...

I have 2 really skaggy looking avacado trees growing in my bathroom. They are still in the water and have been for 2+ years now. I have to plant them in dirt at some point because at most they have about 3 healthy leaves each.

ditto on thedalyn's comment about needing a second plant to pollinate - wikipedia agrees.

Mandee said...

Congrats! But I have to agree w/ Thedalyn, I think you need a male and female avo tree for them to fruit!

My Dad planted two pips when we were kids and they grew as one forked tree, we had so many avos, it was heaven. And then it was someone's stupid idea to cut.it.down. Worst idea ever, I've told them to let the stump grow again in the hope that eventually it will produce fruit.

Jeni Treehugger said...
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Jeni Treehugger said...

So Audry needs a friend huh!
So glad I blogged about her now because I didn't know that about Avocado at all!!
You guys are great!
Psst rabbit - I've always been a Barbara Good!!
Bethany - skaggy is my new favourite word!!
:)

so NOT cool said...

I like living in cold climates, but the thought of growing my own avocados makes living in a warmer state seem ALMOST tempting.

DJ said...

Wow - congratulations! That's the kind of thing I'd love to do but am simply too lazy to attempt so you have my admiration!!!

For the Love of Guava said...

OMG!! Audrey is beautiful!!! Timeless and elegant! :) I'm SOOO jealous! We keep saying this is the first thing we're planting when we get a house but I might just have to start one in a container!! YAY!! Sending Audrey my warmest thoughts!

lazysmurf said...

I feel the same way about my banana tree, I am so worried about a cold snap. The other day I saw a squirrel feasting on it and I ran out there. I hope it keeps growing for you!

Felicity said...

Yay for Audrey! I like growing things from pips as well, but have never had much luck with avocados. Mangoes are very easy to grow, and so are guavas (not that either has any chance of fruiting in this country!)

aveganparadise said...

Wow that's awesome! I can't get ANYTHING to grow! I'm seriously suprised my kids are still alive! haha.

One of my husband's friends has a huge avocado tree in his backyard with lots of fruit. We hit it up all the time. I love avocados!!!

Mihl said...

That is a beautiful plant! Congrats!
I've killed my avocado plants thousands of times, I have given up on this.

Agnesss =) said...

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WOOOOOOOOOOOWW!!!! Avocado TREE!!!! That sounds sooo AMAZZZING!!!!!!!!!! =))))

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Enjoy the time!!

Marni said...

Gorgeous plant! They *do* take for-ev-er to sprout but I hope you're not expecting fruit from her. Well, you may get lucky in about 4 years, but they typically don't provide fruit unless they are around other avocado trees. Sometimes, you have to graft a new avocado plant onto an existing fruit-bearing tree to get any fruit.

If you want to grow your own avocados, it's easiest to purchase a mature tree that's already fruit-bearing. We've got one in our backyard and we love it. We get tons of avocados every year, but we also live in the avocado capital of the world (San Diego, CA), so the weather is perfect for it.

Best of luck and fruit or no fruit, mad love to Audrey III.

Laura said...

Ooh, avocados. Once we purchase a home, fresh homegrown fruits and veggies shall be mine too!

aTxVegn said...

Hi, Jeni! Good luck with your tree. I'm pulling for you and Audrey since I can't get anything to grow.

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

Good Grief Hippy you're popular, I'm bored now from scrolling down through all the comments to find the 'leave a comment' box!
I hope you haven't died of your panic attack dude!
Anyhoo, I just came by to tell you that I've given you an award! See details on my blog :o) *hugs*

kimmykokonut said...

how is she doing? survive the winter? i think you need 2 to produce fruit...i dog sat for a woman who had an 8 foot avocado tree-in her living room!