Avocado tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by nancyvallin
September 23, 2009
Hi, my name is Nancy and my question is : can a avocado tree grow here in Chandler Arizona ??
I got 2 little ones in a planter and a want move it to the ground.

Answer from NGA
September 23, 2009
Avocado trees seem to be the gardening urban legend of Phoenix. Supposedly there are large mature avocados somewhere in the Phoenix area, producing bushels of wonderful fruit, but I have yet to see a large avocado tree growing and producing in the ground here. The main problems with growing avocados in Phoenix is that they don't like the summer heat or the salty soil and water. Winter cold does not seem to be a problem with the more hardy varieties.

Young avocado trees definitely need afternoon shade in the lower Sonoran Desert and should be shielded from the sun with shade cloth in June, July, and August. Being on the east side of a deciduous tree is an ideal spot because the tree will get the protection it needs in the summer, but will get full sun in the winter. So the bottom line is that you can plant your trees outdoors but they will do best in morning sun and afternoon shade. Good luck with your trees.

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