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How to Grow Avocado Trees

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat that your body can easily burn for energy, and the fat helps your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other foods as well
  • You have two options for growing avocado: Either purchase a grafted avocado tree from your local nursery, or grow it from seed. If you start from seed, keep in mind your plant may or may not produce fruit
  • An eight-step guide for growing avocado from seed is included, as are general growing guidelines for all avocado trees
  • Avocado trees grow well in USDA zones 9b through 11, and need plenty of sun. Eight popular varieties are listed
  • Avocados do not ripen on the tree. They will only ripen after they’re picked. Refrigerated, they will ripen very slowly, whereas left on the counter, they’ll ripen and soften in a day or two

Avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat every day. They're rich in monounsaturated fat that your body can easily burn for energy, and the fat helps your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other foods as well. Research has shown consuming a whole fresh avocado with either tomato sauce or raw carrots significantly enhanced absorption of the carotenoids and facilitated the conversion of them into an active form of vitamin A.


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