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Old 05-28-2013, 03:18 AM   #16
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Let's Grow Avacado's!


Best avocadoes I've had were when in Colombia. They were the size of large mangos.

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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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Old 05-28-2013, 03:22 AM   #17
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That's right on the money. Sexual reproduction is just too randomized for farmers to make a profit. When you propagate a tree or any plant from cuttings you essentially make a clone. Only problem with that is you create a monoculture. That can cause huge problems if a disease finds its way into a grove. Since the specimens are essentially frozen in their evolutionary state, they won't be able to overcome the disease.

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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 t

he 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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ADJ, it sounds like you've got a good project going. When I had a house, I started an avacado pit. It took a long time to put down the initial tap root, too. Have patience. I would go out when I watered it and threaten to consign it to the compost pile if it didn't start growing. Sure enough, about three weeks or so later, it finally started to send up a leaf stalk/main trunk. When it was two years old, it blossomed, if that's what it could be called. The flowers were small, whitish green and eventually developed the start of small avacados. The baby avacados eventually fell off and never developed. After reading the bit about male/female trees above, it made more sense why the fruits didn't set - I had just a female and no male to pollinate. When I sold the tree it was about eight feet tall and beginning to branch and fill out nicely. If you can keep it in a large enough pot and give it enough sunlight, you should be able to keep it for many years. Maybe a pot with wheels so you can bring it in and out depending on your season. If you can keep it in a warm, sunny location, I'm sure it will be happy. Good luck!
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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.
Apple is a weird one. It will never fruit true without grafting. The fruits from non-grafted trees will mutate into something else. You will not likely a fuji from a fuji apple tree unless grafted for example.
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Apple is a weird one. It will never fruit true without grafting. The fruits from non-grafted trees will mutate into something else. You will not likely a fuji from a fuji apple tree unless grafted for example.
No you probably won't. By the same token you may, and I stress may, get something you like. That Fuji apple came from someplace after all. Could have been by accident or through meticulous hybridization.
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No you probably won't. By the same token you may, and I stress may, get something you like. That Fuji apple came from someplace after all. Could have been by accident or through meticulous hybridization.
yup, you find the apple you like through years of development and then clone it. Granny smiths have been around for 100+ year and have the same exact genetics now as the original.
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I heard that someplace I think.

Ah. Avocado trees from seed. NBD. Now a sausage and pepper sandwich tree. Now that would be cool.
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hmm, I made meatballs in sauce last night. Time for a meatball sandwich.
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Wow who would have thought there would be so much interest in this! luckily I have 2 pits going right now, hopefully I will get lucky and get a male and female! I would love some avocados!
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Update! It's really grown! I've lost one so I definitely need to start another! It can be planted soon, just needs a few full sized leaves
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If anybody wants to have a fruit tree that can be kept indoors year-round in extremely low light and still produce tasty fruit without needing a male and female (self-pollinating) check out dragon fruit. You've probably never seen this fruit at a grocery store, it is very exotic but it tastes GOOD!! It's actually a cactus so you really only water it every month. Flowers also look amazing but the plant gets huge and small plants won't produce that many fruit since only 1 fruit and flower grows on a branch at a time.
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The root is broken underneath! Looks like it might be a while until this one gets planted, It's gotta heal, that really sucks, no idea how that would have happened
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Fun project but you are doing it the hard way!

Go out to you Compost bin & find an Avo plant that's the right size:





Then dig it out & pot ii up!



DONE!!!


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Hahaha Who would have thought it would be that easy! I think the next thing I try is Pineapple
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Pineapple "secret" ~ 1st locate a ripe pineapple. It should give a little when you squeeze it. You should be able to "smell" the aroma easily. If you lift it by one leaf the leaf pops off easily.

Hold the Leaf "crown" and Twist it off the Pineapple.

Now the secret, peal down the bottom leaves until you expose about one 1" of the stem. Surprise there are root buds forming there!

Now suspend in in water like you did the Avo pit.

Or, you could just toss it in the Compost bin....
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