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Donít Toss that PitóPlant a Tree Instead!

If you have eaten any exotic fruits, don't be in a hurry to throw away its seeds. You can grow a wonderful and rare houseplant from seed. To do so, take seeds from avocado, kiwi, mango, pomegranate, peach, fig and seeds of peanut or almond.




Pawpaw is a very exotic fruit for u s. In our shops pawpaws are not very big. In the homeland, in tropics and subtropics the weight of pawpaw can reach 8-9 kilograms. Pawpaw is a sweet fruit, which is why it’s popular to natives much like watermelon is popular with us. Europeans like to sprinkle pawpaw shavings with lemon juice or make fruit salad out of pawpaw. Huge leaves of pawpaw are used in cooking instead of marinades: fresh meat is wrapped in these leaves and in a few hours the meat becomes soft and tender. Pawpaw is a very advantageous plant, as this tree grows fast and begins bearing fruit in just the second year.


If you plant a seed in a flowerpot, you obviously won't get a very big tree. But the bush will have beautiful leaves, although it won't blossom and bear fruit.


So, take several large seeds, clean off the transparent jelly-like coat, dry them and plant them in a flowerpot no deeper than one centimeter. The ground should be airy and breathable. The dirt should never dry out. Put the flowerpot in a warm and sunny place. After the seeds start to grow a little, choose one or two of them that are strong. The rest of the seeds should be pulled out or you may try to transplant them in another pot.


Transplant the seedling with the dirt. As it grows, sprinkle its leaves and loosen the ground in the flowerpot: if the soil is too thick it cannot breath and will not grow well. Once the tree begins to grow it should be placed in light shade.




This unusual fruit always attracts attention in supermarkets. This fruit comes from a region of the world just south of China. In size, lechwe resembles a large grape but it is covered with a brownish-pink shell like an unripe nut. Under the uneven peel there is a jelly-like pulp resembling the pulp of a grape. The taste of lechwe is difficult to describe. For some people it resembles a cross of wild strawberry and melon, for some it’s more like grapes and gooseberries. However, it may possibly be neither of these.


Growing lechwe is not difficult, but you need the freshest fruit. The pinker and softer the peel, the fresher the lechwe will be. Seeds from brown lechwe will hardly grow: germination will last only one or two weeks. It is necessary to plant a fresh, moist lechwe seed right into the ground. You should plant it about one to two centimeters deep. Soil must be light and airy to allow the seed to breath, with high percentage of brown peat. Ideal conditions for growing lechwe are the same as for pawpaw.


If you can’t plant the seed in the ground, put it in a jar on a moist cloth and close the jar with the lid. Put the jar in a warm place. When the seed begins to sprout, it is necessary to plant it in ground. The ground should be warm, moist and shady. The stems and leaves will not take well to breezes or changes in temperature. The water for flushing should be smooth. Lechwe won't blossom and bear fruits at home. The bushes of lechwe grow slowly and look very healthy.




Avocado is a new fruit in our shops but it is very popular. Avocado is good for fish and meat salads. There are a lot of proteins in its pulp, which is why poor people in South America use avocado puree on sandwiches instead of butter. It is better to begin experimenting with planting avocado seeds in the spring when there are a lot of vital nutrients in it. Take the pit out of a fruit, dry it and plant it in the ground. The seed should get sunshine, and shouldn’t be planted deeper than one-third its size. Cover the seed with a glass jar and place it in light shade. Water it regularly. Sometimes a sprout will appear in three or four weeks, and sometimes in three or four months. If you add dirt and cover the seed with it, the plant will grow even faster. Pinch out this plant otherwise it will only grow only!




If you plant kiwi seeds, in some time you will see graceful and tenacious liana. This is how they grow in China and New Zealand: they twine around different trees and bushes. On plantations kiwi is cultivated on fences and supports like grapes.


Take dark seeds from the green pulp with a spoon; put them in a small bowl and rinse. Place them on a paper towel and let them sit in shade for five to ten days. These seeds can be saved, so if you don’t plant them right away you can do it next spring. Sow kiwi seeds like you

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