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Name: William
Atlanta, Ga (Zone 7b)
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growfoodnotfeed
May 25, 2017 6:18 PM CST
About 2 yrs ago, I unintentionally planted two avocado trees in my worm/compost bin. Seeing all the Youtube videos and sites about how hard it is to grow avocados from pits and how you need to do this or that; I didn't think twice about them actually sprouting much less gain traction in growing. Once I discovered they had indeed sprouted, I decided to pot them and keep them going...........

Fast forward to present day, I managed to keep them alive through two winters and also managed to separate them mid-season into to separate containers. After all this I find myself trying to figure out what I need to do now. I currently live in an apartment. I am not ready to plant them in the ground, but after repotting them two months ago, I find myself in need of repotting them again as the roots were growing out of the weep holes of the container.

The questions I have are as follows:
1) Should I keep repotting the trees into larger containers until I can replant them in the ground?
2) I find the roots to be fragile (more fragile than **normal**, found this out when separating the two trees), is there a method to control the root growth without damaging the tree?

If pictures are needed to assess the situation, I can oblige. I believe the container its in currently is a 20 gal.
Last, with so much time invested (not to mention the fruits are my favorite snack), I do not want to lose these trees, but my patio space is limited. Thank you in advance for any help, it is greatly appreciated....
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 25, 2017 6:30 PM CST
Welcome!

A 20 gallon pot is more than big enough to keep your tree happy for many years. I think what you are seeing is not an indication of being rootbound but more likely the tree attempting to put down a taproot. I'm sure that if you dumped out the pot, you would discover all the roots are at the bottom of the pot.

Hopefully, you live in a zone warm enough to grow an avocado tree outside as the avocados from the grocery store are originally from either Mexico or Guatemala. It is possible to keep an avocado in a large pot permanently but you will have to learn to prune (roots and top).

BTW, Avocados don't produce fruit until they are 8-10 years of age.
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Name: William
Atlanta, Ga (Zone 7b)
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growfoodnotfeed
May 25, 2017 7:00 PM CST
Thank you for the information, I had just re-potted it, so yeah its definitely not root bound. I will take your suggestion and learn how to prune the roots and the tops. As far as potting for the long term, if it's possible with this tree, sounds great. And, as far as the time frame for fruit production, that's fine too. I am perfectly happy learning patience, everything doesn't have to been instant, despite popular belief, lol. Have a great evening.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 26, 2017 9:17 AM CST
If your temps dont go below 10f.
Get a mexicola stewart. They ripen in winter. As with any avocodo, the trees need some frost protection for there first few years.
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Name: William
Atlanta, Ga (Zone 7b)
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growfoodnotfeed
May 26, 2017 7:40 PM CST
Thank you @Philipwonel,
I have started a search for that species of avocado, It rarely hits those lows here but I already house my tropically oriented plants indoors. So i feel I'm good on that front. Is there a nursery you recommend or someone from the site to query about this particular tree?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 26, 2017 9:22 PM CST
I had a Mexicola Grande Improved in Zone 8 in California. The avocados are large and have small pits and really thin skins - my Hispanic friends told me the skin was edible and it was easier to eat the skin than peel it off. Smiling They are cold hardy to about 20 degrees. The tree was huge! Avocado trees are monstrous. The last couple years we lived there, we harvested a couple hundred pounds a year.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 27, 2017 8:21 AM CST
howdy there William. The ( 'mexicola stuart' ) persea americana. Is a cocktail avocodo. Eat skin.
Mature size 12 by 12 feet.
Got it at home depot.
Go to homedepotgardenclub.com and use plant code THDB5653
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