How many times have I tried to grow avocados over the years? Lots (I’ve lost count). How many have been successful? Precisely none. Well, until now that is. Against all odds, I have not one but two plants. How did I finally crack the mystery of growing avocado plants, you ask? By completely ignoring them and not even trying.
It’s true what they say, nature always finds a way!
The thing is, everything you read about growing avocado plants from seed says the same thing: they like neither excessively wet or excessively dry conditions, thrive in the sunshine – the more the better – and shouldn’t overwinter outside anywhere it gets below 7°C. Being a plant that usually grows in places like Mexico and South America this all makes sense.
What doesn’t make sense is mine. I can’t explain why they have decided to grow in the darkest, wettest part of my garden (they sprouted in a compost bin), why they began to wilt when I decided to bring them inside and put them on the windowsill that has the best chance of any sunshine, or why they perked up as soon as I took them back outside into the wet and not exactly warm Cornish winter.
Now I don’t claim to be anything close to a gardening expert, but something about all of that just doesn’t seem to make sense. So I’m putting it out there, hoping that someone can offer some advice. How on earth do I care for two plants that seem to want to break all the rules? If you have experience growing avocados and can offer some insight into why this might be I’d love to hear from you! Until then it appears my avocados aren’t just accidental, but anarchic as well.