Houseplants forum: Avocado branching

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Darsh
May 27, 2018 1:28 PM CST
Hi, can anyone give me some advice on what to do with my avocado tree? It finally started branching (I think) but it looks like as soon as the first branch started then the leader stopped. Any ideas what to do, it looks off balance now, ideally I'd like to have 2 branches growing at the same time and reasonably symmetrical.
Thanks in advance :)

Darsh
May 27, 2018 1:29 PM CST

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 27, 2018 1:37 PM CST
As a potted plant Avocados are not prone to branching. Indeed, they seem to resist it. I suggest that you pinch out new growth on the tallest stem and be persistent in doing that. Eventually, that may cause branching lower down or promote more growth on the original stem.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Darsh
May 27, 2018 2:09 PM CST
Thanks Will. Do you think it's possible to get the original leader to grow again? Perhaps by cutting the leaf on the right off?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Profess plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 27, 2018 5:54 PM CST
Yes, try repeatedly pinching out the new leaf growth on the stem going off to the side (that is on the left as I view the photo). That may encourage growth on the other side. No promises, though!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

Darsh
May 28, 2018 7:32 AM CST
Great, thanks for the tips!

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