About this project
Avocados are brimming with energy – full of valuable nutrients like unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins. Primarily native in subtropical regions, they may as well be cultivated in colder parts of the world. Well, as long as they’re given proper fostering; the seed has to be kept wet all through the germination. AvoSeedo has been developed to facilitate the germination process. It has never been easier to grow your own avocado trees!
The avocado: Usage and cultivation
Avocados are being grown as a crop plant since ancient times. Originating from Latin America, the enormous nutritive value of ahuacatl was well known amongst the indigenous population. But it was only a century ago that the avocado found a new home in (southern) Europe. Nowadays, the pear-shaped, alligator-skinned fruits are a common sight in pretty much every supermarket – and on our table. Being outright tasty when consumed fresh and raw, they can also be refined with spices (resulting in the popular guacamole) or stuffed with any filling that pleases your tongue. Needless to say, avocados make a perfect addition to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Although avocado trees like it warm and cozy, they can handle lower average temperatures (as in central Europe, the US or Canada) quite well. Basically, the seed of every “common supermarket avocado” can be made to germinate and grow to full size (up to 15 meters!). However, simply putting the seed in the ground usually won’t work. Rather, the “pointy” end should be facing the sun (without being exposed to permanent, direct sunlight). At the same time, the flattened end should be kept wet all the time.
There are two common methods to make an avocado seed germinate. You can just place the seed inside a biodegradable pot and leave it at a bright, warm place. After one to two months, the first small roots will begin to show.
A more sophisticated alternative is the so-called toothpick method. Three or four toothpicks are inserted into the outer layer of the avocado seed. They prevent the seed from sinking when it is placed on a glass of water in the next step. As a result, the seed’s “behind” will be kept wet as required, while the “pointy” end can receive the proper amount of sunlight. The germination will also take between one and two months.
And finally, AvoSeedo features a mounting that can be used to attach small flags. These can be inscribed with the date when germination started, with strain names or with additional information. Thus, you can easily keep track, even when germinating several avocado seeds at the same time.
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Risks and challenges
The risk is limited. I already found a manufacturer who can produce the AvoSeedo, the development and modeling is also finished. The only thing left is to start the production process.
However there is a risk that the mold may take longer to produce as planned but this will only affect the delivery date.
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