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iCrowdNewswire Mar 19, 2015 1:26 PM ET

AvoSeedo - Grow your own Avocado Tree with ease!

iCrowd Newswire - Mar 19, 2015

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.

In both cases, however, a great deal of attention has to be paid to guarantee a permanent water supply for the “flat” end. This is the main challenge when growing an avocado; if the seed is left high and dry at any time, there’s a chance that the germination process will stop permanently. And this is where AvoSeedo comes into play.
Our small, elaborate tool builds on the idea behind the toothpick method. AvoSeedo is a small plastic bowl that features an indentation with a hole in it. A single avocado seed can be inserted with the “flat” end facing down. Afterwards, AvoSeedo can be placed in a sufficiently large, water-filled pot. Due to its low weight and high displacement, AvoSeedo will remain at the surface all the time; as the water level lowers, AvoSeedo will sink accordingly.
As long as some water remains in the pot, there is little chance that the seed will dry out – thanks to the “ground hole”. It also allows the developing roots to grow and to expand freely. By the way, the hole is not simply round, but has the shape of a blossom instead. While this may as well add to the aesthetical appearance of AvoSeedo, it is also a functional feature. It makes sure that the avocado seed will be held firmly in its cradle – even if the seed cracks open during the germination process, it won’t sink.
With AvoSeedo, you can significantly raise the success rate when it comes to avocado germination. Without any risk, you can decrease the watering intervals drastically. Only from time to time you will have to check the water level of the pot containing AvoSeedo plus avocado seed. Compared to the original toothpick method, there’s another advantage: the avocado seed doesn’t need to be perforated, reducing the risk of damage (and thus, failed germination efforts).

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.

All in all, AvoSeedo is simply the perfect tool for you to grow avocado trees at home. The demanding germination period can now be mastered with almost no effort – giving your new trees an edge right from the beginning!
The Red Ferret
Trend Hunter
Expanded Consciousness
Laughing Squid
The gadgeteer
Geek Extreme
Food & Wine
one green planet
Design Taxi
The Huffington Post
Organic Power Foods
time magazine
Fine Dining Lovers

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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