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Old 08-04-2016, 02:38 PM
 
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I have grown this tree for two years it is now over 8ft tall but winter is coming and I need to bring it in! Any suggestions? Can you guide it to grow a little sideways or anything else? Don't want to lose it!!!! And will it produce?
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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I have grown this tree for two years it is now over 8ft tall but winter is coming and I need to bring it in! Any suggestions? Can you guide it to grow a little sideways or anything else? Don't want to lose it!!!! And will it produce?




Have you grown it from seed? I don't have an answer for you but we planted some seeds this year and we have one tiny tree so far.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:55 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Pruning to cause branching off and at the same time limit the height should have been done a lot sooner, when it was maybe 2' tall. Heavy pruning should be done in late winter/early spring, so that it will sprout back with new shoots, pruning now could prevent that and result in dieback on the pruned branches. I would not cut more than 1/3 off of any branch at one time.

No, it will not produce unless it blossoms when outside and you happen to have another one next door or very close in the neighborhood so that a bee visits both, and are very lucky. They require cross pollination from another tree, though commercially they will be grafted with scions taken from another tree. Different trees have different flower open/close patterns and the chances of the male and female being open at the same time are not great.
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:32 AM
 
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I've heard under ideal conditions (think outside on a tropical island with deep fertile volcanic soil) they take about 15 years to produce. In a pot where weather is a factor, with intensive care you might get a couple avocados over the next 30 years.

That optimistic forecast is assuming that you are somewhere with a 9+ month growing season because avocados require 8 months from blossom to ripening. If your first frost is earlier than early December and last frost is later than mid-Feb, there's no way you ever get one.
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Old 03-07-2017, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Constitutional USA, zn.8A
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Pruning to cause branching off and at the same time limit the height
should have been done a lot sooner, when it was maybe 2' tall.
Heavy pruning should be done in late winter/early spring, so that it will sprout back with new shoots,
pruning now could prevent that and result in dieback on the pruned branches.
I would not cut more than 1/3 off of any branch at one time.

No, it will not produce unless ...
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Ah, our 2 foot tall Avocado tree gets pruned, & training Espalier-shape so we can keep it inside more years...no fruits expected. Its leaves are happy, & 11+ inches long.
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Old 03-08-2017, 12:40 PM
 
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I've heard under ideal conditions (think outside on a tropical island with deep fertile volcanic soil) they take about 15 years to produce. In a pot where weather is a factor, with intensive care you might get a couple avocados over the next 30 years.

That optimistic forecast is assuming that you are somewhere with a 9+ month growing season because avocados require 8 months from blossom to ripening. If your first frost is earlier than early December and last frost is later than mid-Feb, there's no way you ever get one.
That depends on the degree of frost. The frost free period where I am is about 6 months. Those early and late frosts aren't colder than about -1/-2C, so getting fruit isn't a problem
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Old Today, 09:16 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I have been able to grow an avocado tree from the big avocados that are sold in the supermarket but never the smaller ones. Unfortunately, I didn't live in that house long enough to see it grow more than 5 or 6 feet. I am trying to grow another one from seed from the small one as of two days ago. I don't care about the fruit as much as I would like some more trees in my yard.
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