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Old 05-27-2013, 04:25 PM   #1
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Let's Grow Avacado's!


Alrighty everyone, I have decided it's time to share what I have been doing these past 2 months outside of the fish tanks. I have been growing avocado trees. Yeah a bit strange, but hey, it's an interesting experience. So far I have learned that it takes 2 months for the pits to start to grow little roots out the bottoms. That's about the stage I am at right now, next I wait until a sprout starts to appear out of the top of the pit, then I have to slowly start to fill up the cup with dirt to replace the water it is sitting in, the pit has to sit in water, I don't know why. The tree grow to be under 5 feet tall and can only take warmish temperatures so I have to bring it inside during the winter and fall, it can luckily be outside in the summer and late spring. I am doing just 2 because I will be going to college in the next few years so they will have to be sitting at home until I have the ability to take them. A down side to growing these though is they take up to 7 years to produce their first fruits, which sort of sucks but hey, in 7 years I will have some good guacamole!
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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im so doing that......
the 7 year thing stinks,,, but that sounds much like pecans.. the pecan tree takes 5 years before it'll bear pecans. and i love making iron skillet pecan pies
and i like quacamole.. sounds like ima have to get started on my avocados
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I forgot to mention that half of the avocado needs to be underwater, or atleast close, a bit under doesn't hurt
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That awesome. I inherited all of my grandmothers plants when she passed away in 2012 including a 5 year old avocado tree that she grew from a pit. Only problem with avocado trees is that they're monoecious so you have to have a male and female tree. You should try gomrowing pineapples.
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I have tried this and it never worked for me. I always got mold and stuff. When it does start to throw a set of leaves or two, make sure give it ALOT of light. I mean ALOT.

Similar to this, I've been growing a grapefruit from seed for about 8-9 years now. It's only a couple feet tall though. I keep cutting it back so it stays that way. Bonsai!

If it does end up where they never take off, check ebay for young trees.
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My mom grew an avocado tree from a pit.

12 years later we finally realized it was a male, lol.

It's a big fruit tree with no fruit. :P
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My mom grew an avocado tree from a pit.

12 years later we finally realized it was a male, lol.

It's a big fruit tree with no fruit. :P
Doh!
In my youth i had that with stuff grown from seed. Male/female plants stink when all you want is a nice fruit or some specific flowers.
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love avacado's. im lucky enough to have a huge avocado tree in my front yard. and get to eat them every year.
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I really miss tree fell avacados. I had 2 in my yard when I was a kid in SoCal. You really don't know what an avacado tastes like until you have one that just fell off the tree. They make great climbing trees too!
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You need a warm climate to grow these guys properly, at least a zone 7, probably 8.

Try making an avocado shake. It doesn't look pretty but mighty tasty.
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I'm growing some as well and did a lot of research online first. Everything I read online says they will never produce fruit unless you graft in a piece of a tree that is already bearing fruit. There may be ways around this, I just hadn't found them. Just a heads up if you're expecting it to produce.
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Fruit or no fruit, an interesting project.
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Certain trees such as citrus, apple, peach (includes nectarines since they are a sport) and avocado are grafted trees. Why? Well one reason is that growing from seed won't yeild a high percentage of true breed. In other words you'll get a low percentage of trees that resemble the one parent you want. And it takes years to find out. Take the Bearss lemon. It was found in a grove not far from me. Every tree sold as a Bearss lemon is a scion from that original tree found here in Tampa. Why else would you graft a tree? Well for soil conditions. Most citrus grown here is on a sour orange rootstock. Why? Because the sour orange grows under less than ideal conditions. Another reason to graft is to control aspects of the tree. Using the right rootstock you can control the height of the tree for example.

So what to do with that avocado tree you're growing? Well as Mistergreen said it's a warm climate tree. Heck I can't grow them here. Still has to be a bit south of the Tampa area. Certain types of citrus are tough here. Like lemons. Anyhow, use it as a rootstock for a known avocado.

Fineexampl, when I was a kid in NY my grandfather brought a citrus tree to me in a steel bucket. Did it like you. Kept it in the garage in the winter and out in the summer. Actually got it to fruit once. But you just can't really keep it up in a colder climate. It finally bought the farm.
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I'm growing some as well and did a lot of research online first. Everything I read online says they will never produce fruit unless you graft in a piece of a tree that is already bearing fruit. There may be ways around this, I just hadn't found them. Just a heads up if you're expecting it to produce.
Actually they will produce fruit. It's just that you don't know what the fruit will taste like or the size. The reason that trees are grafted is to ensure that each fruit taste the same as the parent tree. Growers of fruit trees (substitute any type of tree shrub or flower) go through hybridization all the time to improve certain aspects of fruits. Some great fruits are discovered by accident like the Bearss lemon. Many are down through years of cross pollinization and lots and lots of time. Once the right properties are found they are grafted to ensure it is the same since even using the same parent trees will yield a very small percentage of the same characteristics.
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The commercial avocados in Calif. are triple grafted, start from seed, graft on a new top to get the right kind of fruit, graft on a new stem, I forget why, and graft on a new rootstock to get good roots. The entire plant that came from the seed gets thrown away.
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