Houseplant of the week: avocado plant | Life and style

Why will I love it?
What’s not to like about a plant that can be grown from a millennial breakfast staple? Growing an avocado plant (Persea americana) from the seed we usually throw away will let you witness the magic of propagation. (Suspend the stone over a jar of water until it sprouts, then plant in compost.) Its vibrant green leaves grow on a solitary stem, creating a majestic and calming presence.

Light or shade?
Avocado plants thrive in bright, indirect light, which encourages robust growth and large, symmetrical foliage.

Where should I put it?
You can grow your plant in water in a specially designed elegant glass vase or in good old compost. Either way, place it near a south- or west-facing window to ensure it gets enough sun.

How do I keep it alive?
Keep it consistently moist when in soil, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. In winter, reduce watering frequency. Avocado plants appreciate humidity, and temperatures of 20-25C.

Did you know …
An avocado plant will develop into an evergreen tree that should last several years. Native to Central America, it was revered by the Aztecs for its mystical and aphrodisiac properties.


What makes it special?
There are plenty of reasons to love an avocado plant. Not only can it be grown from a seed that would typically be discarded, but the process of propagation is truly magical. Simply suspend the seed over water until it sprouts, then plant it in compost to watch it grow into a vibrant plant with green leaves on a single stem, creating a majestic and soothing presence.

Lighting needs:
Avocado plants thrive in bright, indirect light, promoting healthy growth and symmetrical foliage.

Perfect spot:
Whether you choose to grow your plant in water in an elegant glass vase or in traditional compost, make sure to place it near a south- or west-facing window to ensure it receives an adequate amount of sunlight.

Caring for your plant:
To keep your avocado plant thriving, make sure to keep the soil consistently moist, allowing the top inch to dry out between waterings. In the winter, decrease watering frequency. Avocado plants thrive in humid environments with temperatures between 20-25C.

Fun fact:
Did you know that an avocado plant can grow into an evergreen tree that lasts for several years? Originating from Central America, it was highly regarded by the Aztecs for its mystical and aphrodisiac qualities.