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Q.Avocado Tree From Pit

Zone 11216 | naomicav added on January 5, 2021 | Answered

Hello. I grew a plant from an avocado pit. It’s grown well but it’s getting so tall. Almost 15 inches with only two real leaves, though a few more seem to be coming in. Some sites have said to cut the top leaves to encourage it to be bushier. Should I continue to wait until I get more leaves?

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Answered on January 6, 2021

The reason for the stem will be a severe lack of light. If this sits in the brightest spot that you have available, then it will be necessary to use a horticultural lamp. 200 watts will keep the tree happy until it gets too tall to fit under the light.

If it were me, I would start over with a new seed. Once a plant starts to stretch that significantly, it will start to cause problems for itself. Often, they will continue to stretch, and break under its own weight eventually.

Should you choose to cut it, the tree will sprout a replacement, or two. They can originate from the seed, or the existing stem.

The most important thing will be to increase the light, whichever option you choose.

Here is an article that will help you to care for young avocado plants:




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