Pruning avocodo tree - Knowledgebase Question

Chico, Ca
Question by saylerman
September 3, 2009
I have an avocado tree that has had frost damage and has been generally left to its own for a number of years. I would like to remove the frost damaged limbs and remove the upper limbs to get the fruit down on lower branches. What would you suggest as to an approach?


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Answer from NGA
September 3, 2009

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There are only a few rules when pruning avocado trees. Remove dead or damaged wood on your avocado tree at any time to help stimulate growth and prevent further damage to your tree. Prune your tree sparingly; Try to remove as little healthy green wood and green leaves as possible. Pruning should not be performed in late summer or early spring. Stimulate growth by making cuts as close to a lateral hanging branch as possible. If large branches are removed while pruning, your entire avocado tree will be stimulated to grow, however large branches should only be removed if absolutely necessary. Good luck with your pruning project.

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