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Questions About Avocado Trees

Asked by
gsusie on
November 24, 2010

Q. How & When Does One Prune a Growing Avocado Stalk?

It gets leggy before the leaves come out on the stalk. It is in dirt in my window that gets indirect southern sun.

Also, how deep should it be planted? How wet should it be kept?

Answered by
Heather on
November 26, 2010
Certified Expert
A.

If it is getting leggy, it is likely not getting enough sunlight. I would recommend moving it to a brighter window or supplementing the light with a plant light or a fluorescent lamp.

 

As for pruning, this article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/avocado/pruning-avocado-trees.htm

 

If you already have it in dirt, how you have it planted should be fine. If the seed is showing above the soil, this is ok, or it is ok if it is not.

 

Water it when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. I tell people not to water on a schedule, but rather check the soil on a schedule and only water when the top of the soil is dry.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 6, 2011

Q. Avocado Plant

How do I grow a plant from the avocado pit?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 7, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
kiwiinmaui on
January 19, 2011

Q. How to Prune an Avocado Tree?

Shabby looking and twisted from the wind. No care for several years. Want to cut it back and shape it how I want it and keep it smaller.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 19, 2011
Certified Expert
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You'll probably want to wait until spring for this. Nonetheless, the following resource will help you:
http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/AgNatRes/Pubs/Pruning_Avocado_trees.pdf

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 27, 2011

Q. Cutting Down Avocado Tree

My avocado tree has reached the ceiling, as I have had it many years and it’s been fine. However, my cat has been using the soil to do her business. Now all the leaves have fallen of, very devastating as it was such a lush looking tree. Anyways, my question is can I cut the stalks down (has about the three stalks), or should I only cut the branches that have sprouted from the stalks?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 28, 2011
Certified Expert
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The leaves will actually regrow on the stems, if you fix the problem with the soil. The cat's urine has highly acidified the soil and it is killing the plant. You need to remove the soil and replace it with fresh. After that, try placing rocks or balls of foil on the soil as this will discourage her from using the soil again.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 2, 2011

Q. Will Avocado Destroy Tomato

I was going to tie a dead avocado plant branch to the tomatoes. I planted tomatoes, and they germinated to about two to three inches, but then died.  The pot was ten inches at the top. The soil was from outside of my house and was rich. I even put Miracle Grow in it to start the plant. I now have some vine tomatoes starting and pulled out the avocado stem; however,  I have lost some already. They are about two inches in growth.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 3, 2011
Certified Expert
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It was not the avocado. It was most likely a fungus called damping off. This article will explain more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/what-is-damping-off.htm

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Asked by
greenmama on
February 8, 2011

Q. How Do You Pinch an Avocado Plant

We planted a seed from the avocado and would like to know how to pinch it back from 12 inches to 6-8 inches.

Answered by
Heather on
February 8, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

We would not recommend pruning an avocado that much, especially when it is that small. Right now, you can take maybe 2-3 inches off, but any more than that will likely kill it. You don't want to prune more than 1/3 of a plant in a year.

To prune it, just use a sharp pair of scissors to snip off the part of the plant you wish to remove.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 5, 2011

Q. After Freeze Pruning

Since this was the first freeze that I can remember in Texas, when and how do I prune my sago palms, pony tail palms, avacado tree and date palms?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 10, 2011
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