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May 3, 2020 3:58 PM CST
Northern California
My family doesn't really care for their gardening and randomly thrown food scraps under our orange tree. 4 years ago an avocado seed they tossed grew into a tree and looks healthy to this day but there's little room left for it to grow.

I just moved back home from college and have been trying to get into gardening. This is one of the first gardening projects I'm taking on. I found a page talking about how to transplant a tree (I can't post the link since I'm a new member) but I don't know how big the root ball of an avocado tree is, how to find it, or how to find where it ends. I tried digging a few feet away from the base of the tree but found thick roots that I think belong to it.

I live in northern California but am also willing to transplant it into a large pot and keep it indoors if the weather isn't best for transplanting.

What do you recommend? What do I do about the roots, should I cut them?
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May 4, 2020 4:54 PM CST
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If you dig that tree right now you will kill it because now is not the time. The tree is planted too deep, so if you want to help it now, dig out about an inch or two of soil around the base of the tree to expose the flairs.
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May 5, 2020 9:52 AM CST
Northern California
oneeyeluke said:If you dig that tree right now you will kill it because now is not the time. The tree is planted too deep, so if you want to help it now, dig out about an inch or two of soil around the base of the tree to expose the flairs.


Thank you so much for your response!

When would be the correct time to move it, in the Fall? What should I do at that time? What should I do about the the roots further from the tree?

Also, I'll dig a few inches as you said, thanks again!
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