Avocado Trees

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  1. How & When Does One Prune a Growing Avocado Stalk?
  2. Avocado Plant
  3. How to Prune an Avocado Tree?
  4. Cutting Down Avocado Tree
  5. Will Avocado Destroy Tomato
  6. How Do You Pinch an Avocado Plant
  7. After Freeze Pruning
Asked by gsusie on November 24, 2010
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?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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:
http://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
Avocado Plant

How do I grow a plant from the avocado pit?

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Nikki
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Asked by kiwiinmaui on January 19, 2011
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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It was not the avocado. It was most likely a fungus called damping off. This article will explain more: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/what-is-damping-off.htm

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Asked by greenmama on February 8, 2011
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.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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