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May 13, 2020 2:26 PM CST
Las Vegas, Nevada
Hello,

I'm I just started to learn how to grow plants, but I want to grow an Avocado tree.
I've read a lot about growing them but I still have a few questions:

1. Can I grow Avocado trees indoors and will it still fruit?
2. Since, I have no previous avocado tree, where would I get a graft?
3. Would it be a bad idea to start growing a seed at this current time? - May 13

I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I think the area is 9A?

Thank you!
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May 13, 2020 3:05 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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If you want a grafted avocado, buy one already grafted. That way, you can get exactly what you want. The avocado tree you grow from seed will not be like the avocado you ate to get the seed. If you did graft it, it would have to be the rootstock (as its a seed, grafting stock is taken from 'mother' trees), but, its not that easy. Rootstock is chosen for specific needs (soil type, weather, size, disease resistance...).

Yes, you can grow an avocado in a pot, but, no it won't have fruit. If you plant your avocado in the ground, it may have fruit eventually.

If you decide to grow an avocado tree, plant the pit in a 2-gallon pot (deeper than wide), in regular potting soil. Keep it watered. To keep it small enough for a pot, you will have to prune it. They make great houseplants with their big green leaves, but will need full sun to be healthy.
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May 13, 2020 3:10 PM CST
Name: Phil
Lakeland Florida (Zone 9b)
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Those trees git huge, a feller i used to work with had had one in his yard that was prolly 50' tall and 40 wide. it was as big as an oak tree. but it was filled with avacados every year. So, indoors.......not likely.
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May 13, 2020 6:53 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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I grew one from seed (Pinkerton) and was fortunate that it did come true to seed. It took about seven years of growing in the ground to produce fruit. Most require cross pollination so needs to be outdoors in the ground. And they do get huge...mine was about 40' tall and wide after regular pruning every other year. I figured about 200 fruit the last year I had it. It was too large for safety when the winds follow heavy rains.
If you just want to experiment they do root easily from a ripe fruit, but they are not a house plant.
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