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Lilly55
Aug 1, 2017 3:39 PM CST
I was wondering how far down I should pinch my avocado tree to encourage branches
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Also why are the leaves droopy
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 1, 2017 4:23 PM CST
Pinch where you want branches to form.

Droopy leaves, could be, to much water, to little water, or to much sun ??? Shrug! need more info.
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Lilly55
Aug 1, 2017 4:26 PM CST
I think it might be too much water too, how often should I water it and it's outside right now but was inside for a long time. They have looked like that since they formed.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Aug 1, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Are you trying to grow it as a houseplant? I can't imagine an avocado tree surviving in CO. These are large trees!
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Lilly55
Aug 1, 2017 7:02 PM CST
I have a large orange tree they said I couldn't grow either lol, but I am and I'm just trying to grow it. I heard they can get fruit even if in pots. I'm not sure but I like to grow stuff, I also have 3 lemon trees.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Aug 1, 2017 7:07 PM CST
I applaud your determination! That being said, avocados are LARGE trees, and won't produce fruit for at least 7 years from seed...in ideal locations.
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Lilly55
Aug 1, 2017 7:08 PM CST
Oh OK well then I guess it's a house plant. Thank you.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Aug 1, 2017 7:53 PM CST
These can be grown in large pots for quite awhile indoors if they can get enough sun. I don't know what part of Co you are in, but These trees are all winter/early spring bloomers, so would have to be hand pollinated unless outdoors. They can survive and look good in a sunroom , but all are tropicals that require full sun. As for the avocado, I wouldn't think of pinching it before it is 5 ft tall. It will do it's own thing . The bottom limbs get very large and most limbs will droop as they grow in full sun
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Lilly55
Aug 1, 2017 7:56 PM CST
It's in a big pot right now. If needed I'll get bigger. I never used the tooth pick method to start third
This, I just threw the seed in a pot and it grew. I thank you for your help.

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