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Old 05-31-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Highland Creek, NC
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My garden is in year 2, and its really thriving! Lettuce, broccoli, basil, cilantro, oregano, peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and onions are all producing. Now I was thinking of planting avocado from a pit. Has anyone tried this here in CLT? I'm wondering if it gets too cold during the Winter for the tree to survive.
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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I googled it and according to the web consensus, it is too cold here in the winter for the trees to survive outdoors, but you can bring it in during cold spells. I'd love to hear how it works out if you try it!
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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Thanks Coastal, I Googled (a real word?) also. The consensus does say it's too cold, but a few mentioned that it worked. One even mentioned wrapping Christmas tree lights around the young tree to keep it warm at night. I was wondering if anyone had actually tried it. I'm going to either way, so I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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It's usually based, in part, on the ground freezing. If that happens the roots turn to mush and the plant dies.
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:00 PM
 
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I have 2 baby avocado trees in Charlotte, NC (grown from pits). They are about 10 months old and 2'+ tall. I put them in the ground about 3 months ago and they have done well. Winter is coming (#GOT) and I am excited to see what happens. Last night temps were 26 degrees F and they survived the night. Base of plants is insulated with mulch and leaves. I plan to drop a plastic trash bag over them on frosty nights to help protect. They are in a sunny area so will receive max sun during the day. Fingers crossed.
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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Here's a great article on avocado trees.

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Old 11-15-2014, 09:27 PM
 
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A thick, wide mixture of leaf mulch and rotted manure placed over the roots will usually guard against overnight freezes and continuous freezes over 2-3 days. The bacteria in the manure will put the leaf decomposition in overdrive and raise a few inches of the ground temperature enough to keep the ground below it from freezing if the mixture is put down while the ground is still warm and if the area gets full sun during the day. It helps if the plant is near some sort of wind barrier. We have garden plants that should only grow in zones 8 and 8a, but this yearly mixture has protected the roots for several years.

It also helps to put white hefty bags around the saplings during the extended freezing weather. I can't say if this will work for an avocado tree, but it will certainly work to protect other perennials that are susceptible to freezing.

Good drainage helps to prevent the roots from freezing.
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Old 11-16-2014, 01:30 PM
 
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you might be able to bury some heat tracing around the root ball and turn it on if it's very cold...just a thought...
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:51 AM
 
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Thanks Coastal, I Googled (a real word?) also. The consensus does say it's too cold, but a few mentioned that it worked. One even mentioned wrapping Christmas tree lights around the young tree to keep it warm at night. I was wondering if anyone had actually tried it. I'm going to either way, so I'll let you know how it goes.
Make sure to use incandescent lights. The LEDs they sell now put off very little heat. You'd need the lights to be under something to keep the heat from blowing away.
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