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Q.Pruning an Avocado Plant

Zone Scarborough, Maine 04074 | jerrygenesio added on December 4, 2016 | Answered

We have an avocado plant that we started from a pit or seed. It is a bit over two years old and is now about seven feet tall. It is an indoor plant and is now inches from the ceiling but appears to have stopped growing up, though the branches in front of the window are still growing. We would like to prune the plant back considerably, but we don’t want to damage or kill it. Can you give us some advice on what to do/not do?


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Answered on December 5, 2016

To encourage more side branches, try cutting back the main stem of the plant by about 1/3. This will hopefully encourage the plant to produce more bushy, full growth. It may send up another tall stem toward the ceiling, but you can cut that one off too. As long as you don't remove more than about 1/3 of the tree's size at any one time, it will be fine. Also see this advice:

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