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whoatemylettuce
Feb 27, 2018 6:08 AM CST
Hi guys,
I got one avocado tree grown from seed.
Can I ask if I need to cut its second stem (on the right hand side)?
should I stake the main one because it looks like it's leaning towards the left?
Finally, I've put it in some tree protection guards from wind, is the spacing ok or I need to get a bigger guard. Thank you very much!


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Christine
Feb 27, 2018 7:10 AM CST
I would say snip the one on the left, as far as it leaning other members will have better advice for you, a few days ago I posted about mine, but mine is a house plant, check this out

The thread "Avacodo Plant Advice" in Houseplants forum
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Feb 27, 2018 7:19 AM CST
Suggest leaving that tiny thing alone until it's had time to become something.
So many people want to mess with their seedlings, to the point of killing them.
Plants don't appreciate all the handling.
Plenty of time to pick a main leader after the plant has become established, like next year or the one after.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 27, 2018 11:44 AM CST
Cut the side branch (on the right) unless you want more of a shrub then a tree. That right shoot is using a lot of energy - probably half - that could be going into growing your tree taller. The main shoot will straighten up. Don't let any more side shoots grow until the trunk is as tall as you want it to be.
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Name: stone
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stone
Feb 27, 2018 12:41 PM CST
DaisyI said: That right shoot is using a lot of energy


That's one theory...

My understanding is that it took a lot of energy to grow that side shoot... If you leave the plant alone, it can get some good out of those leaves.

Cutting the shoot off after that seed invested all that energy.... Actually robs the plant.

Probably the only way to prove which theory is accurate... Side by side testing....
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 27, 2018 3:09 PM CST
Or, while growing that side shoot (which will eventually be cut off), the tree also grew roots to support it. By cutting the side branch off now, the tree won't waste any more energy on something it won't have. And, the remaining shoot will grow faster because of the now over-abundance of roots.
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Melbourne, Australia [AU zone
whoatemylettuce
Feb 27, 2018 3:13 PM CST
Thank you guys. How about the tree guard? Should I make it bigger or just leave it as it is as a barrier for the tree to grow vertical rather than horizontal (sort of...)?
Name: stone
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stone
Feb 27, 2018 3:34 PM CST
DaisyI said:Or, while growing that side shoot (which will eventually be cut off), the tree also grew roots to support it.

Confused

Any roots the tree produces are to the good... I don't believe that plants have roots specifically dedicated to individual limbs...

Do you understand the concept of the tree using the early branches to take in solar energy? As long as it has those leaves, they feed the tree.

Re the wind tunnel...
Is that plastic?

I don't know what your growing conditions are, but... At my house, I would be concerned about heat and humidity build-up in that.

I get why you wanted to protect the tree, but.... Allowing the tree to feel the breezes actually is helpful.... Up to the point of being blown out of the ground, or having the trunk snapped off... That wouldn't be so good....

I'd still probably cage it with something that allowed the air through, rather than wall it off....

How do avocado trees fare in your area?
I have an avocado in a pot... It came inside for the winter... I don't think it would survive being planted in the ground at my house... Although.... I do have an Ichang lemon tree planted outside....they produce fruit here....
Melbourne, Australia [AU zone
whoatemylettuce
Feb 27, 2018 3:42 PM CST
stone said:
Re the wind tunnel...
Is that plastic?

I don't know what your growing conditions are, but... At my house, I would be concerned about heat and humidity build-up in that.

I get why you wanted to protect the tree, but.... Allowing the tree to feel the breezes actually is helpful.... Up to the point of being blown out of the ground, or having the trunk snapped off... That wouldn't be so good....

I'd still probably cage it with something that allowed the air through, rather than wall it off....

How do avocado trees fare in your area?
I have an avocado in a pot... It came inside for the winter... I don't think it would survive being planted in the ground at my house... Although.... I do have an Ichang lemon tree planted outside....they produce fruit here....


Yep that's some sort of plastic used commercially for young tree. It's late summer early autumn here in Australia and the temperature at most would reach only 87 deg F / 31 deg C so i think heat would not be an issue. I'm planting it in the middle of an empty yard so it might be exposed to strong wind. I will remove it though once it's taller a bit or maybe when Autumn finally set in and the wind direction change.
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Philipwonel
Feb 28, 2018 11:18 AM CST
I'm with Daisy, get that right branch out of there. Like ! Right now !!!
It's sucking energy from what you want to grow.
I know and believe in forced growing of young trees, to get the main scaffolding, the way you want it.
That's : As soon as a branch starts to form where you don't want a branch, snip it off. Then ! The energy, from the roots will go up.
If you had done that when that branch first started, your tree would have been twice as tall as it is right now.

Now, staking.
Yes ! One fairly close to tree. I'd do it right now, for least root damage. It should of been staked when it was planted.
I like to use metal electrical conduit, it lasts about forever, and pulls out ground easy.
If your afraid of high winds, in addition to center post, take 3 more stakes and place them in a triangle, around 2 feet from tree, and tie them to center stake.

I'd just leave wind guard. When I see something farmers use, I use it also. Farmers know there stuff and there not going to waste money on something that's not needed !😮!!!

If you haven't read up on avocado care, I recommend, very STRONGLY, that you do 👍😀
They require some special care.

Best of luck and happy Easter. Hurray!
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