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Jenz89
Jan 26, 2017 3:50 PM CST
I started growing an avocado plant from the pit last summer. It didn't sprout until late fall and I guess because of the lower light the first leaves didn't appear until the stem was already over a foot long. There are little projections along the stem and I'm wondering if these are failed leaves or if they can be potential stems (see attached photos) Is there anything I can do to encourage lower growth at this point?
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jan 26, 2017 6:53 PM CST
Avocados are trees. They get very tall, but unless pruned the branches tend to bend down. It needs to be in full sun regardless. It will branch when it's ready. Did I mention they aren't appropriate for small spaces? I just had my "seedling tree removed today as it was getting dangerously large in a mobile home space. I picked 400 fruits yesterday, leaving some for the tree crew. Boy am I going to miss that tree.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 26, 2017 7:00 PM CST
Leggy plants are usually "reaching" for more light. I'd recommend you find that guy the sunniest window in your home. Next, re-pot into a larger, deeper pot with a drain hole. It's amazing it has survived as long as this in a jar.

Once it's re-potted and growing in the sun, you will possibly need to increase the water and fertilizer if the potting soil you use doesn't have it already added. I wouldn't be surprised if you see some leaves or little branches coming from those nodes on the stem.

Is it warm enough outside for you to grow the plant outdoors in the summer? Btw if you let us know where you live, it's easier for us to advise you. Fill in your profile with your location, for your next question, please.
Elaine

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