1. 1 Year Old Avocado Tree

Asked by Anonymous - October 18, 2011

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.

  • 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.

2. Avocado Plant

Asked by jenara7 - October 19, 2011

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

  • 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.

3. Layering of Avocado Trees

Asked by Anonymous - October 19, 2011

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.

  • 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.

4. Should You Completely Cover Your Avocado Seed With Soil or Leave the Top Out

Asked by bobbie - November 13, 2011

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?


5. Dark Spots on My Avocado Leaves

Asked by vanbrandt - January 31, 2012

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


6. Propagating Roots From Avocado Branches

Asked by Anonymous - January 31, 2012

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.


7. Moving an Avocado Plant Outside

Asked by HazelG - April 3, 2012

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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