Avocado Trees

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  1. 1 year Old Avocado Tree
  2. Avocado Plant
  3. Layering of Avocado Trees
  4. Should You Completely Cover Your Avocado Seed With Soil or Leave the Top Out
  5. dark spots on my avocado leaves
  6. Propagating Roots From Avocado Branches
  7. Moving an Avocado Plant Outside
Asked by Anonymous on October 19, 2011
1 Year Old Avocado Tree

I have a 1 year old avocado tree I sprouted the end of last fall. I have kept it out all summer and brought it in this fall to keep the frost off. I live in Tn. and it gets pretty cold here in winter. I want to know if I can still prune it while indoors, and if so, how much? It is only about 2 and a half feet tall with no branches. Can I cut it down some so it will bush out, and put it back out next spring? I don’t want to kill it.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If you just want it to branch out, simply snip off the top of the plant, maybe just a leaf or two down on the main branch (but make sure you cut through the branch). This will force lateral growth to begin, which will make side branches and result in a bushier plant without too much damage to the plant.

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Asked by jenara7 on October 19, 2011
Avocado Plant

My avocado plant seems to die every year. They start to grow again around September and October.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The conditions you are keeping it in the summer may be forcing it into dormancy, which make it appear dead. Is it getting enough water and light? Is it being kept in a cool area? Too little water, light and heat can encourage a plant to go into dormancy at odd times.

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Asked by Anonymous on October 19, 2011
Layering of Avocado Trees

We have an avocado tree that we started from a seed. The tree is about 12 to 15 feet tall and about 1 plus years old that is growing in our backyard. There are no signs of blossoms. Is this a tree that will not produce fruit? If so, is there a way to make it produce? Will appreciate your advice.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If it was from a seed that you got from an avacado bought from the store, it will likely not produce fruit. The avocados sold in groceries are a variety that is grafted and does not fruit well unless it is grafted.

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Asked by bobbie on November 13, 2011
Should You Completely Cover Your Avocado Seed With Soil or Leave the Top Out

I’ve rooted an avocado seed. It’s growing, but should I have covered the whole seed with soil? Some of my leaves are curved at the end and some are straight. What should I do to have my leaves look straight like the ones in the pic? How often should I water it?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Leave a little of the pit out of the soil. The curved leaves usually indicate a watering problem. Water the plant when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. This should clear up the curled leaves.

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Asked by vanbrandt on January 31, 2012
Dark Spots on My Avocado Leaves

There are dark spots on my avocado leaves. How do I treat this?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This is caused by a fungus, likely black spot fungus. Treat the tree with a fungicide. This will help clear it up.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 31, 2012
Propagating Roots From Avocado Branches

My houseplant is about 10 feet tall and I want to make new plants from the branches. I read something about wrapping moss and plant starter on the branches to start roots. Can you help me with this? I think it is an avocado plant, but the leaves are a little broader, dark green, and waxy. I rescued this throw-away in the winter almost three years ago.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Please send a picture of the plant. Then we can identify it and give you the best advice on how to propagate it.

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Asked by HazelG on April 3, 2012
Moving an Avocado Plant Outside

I have an avocado plant that I started from a seed and it is about 2 feet tall now. It has very large leaves and I am waiting to transfer it to the outside. What shall I do to prevent it from burning from the sunshine when I move it outdoors?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You simply need to harden it off some, or acclimate it, to the outdoors by slowly introducing light. Start it out in bright but indirect light (like a bright, shady location) for a few hours each day and then eventually give it more light and more time outside. Within a few weeks, it should be fine to remain outdoors day and night and will enjoy the sunlight. Here is more information that will help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/move-houseplant-outside.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/acclimating-houseplants-outdoors.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/how-to-harden-off-your-seedlings.htm

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