Anyone keep avocado tree small by pruning?

elschOctober 14, 2010

Hi everyone.Is it possible to keep an avocado tree small with the same type of summer pruning and closer plant spacing methods advocated for other fruit trees, keeping the fruit mostly reachable without a ladder?

I'd love to hear your experiences. Thanks!

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Tried, gave up.
Renee

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 12:55AM
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calistoga_al

If it were possible I do not think you would get any fruit. My avocados have always been out of reach from the ground,but I wish it were not so. Al

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 9:08AM
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borderbarb

If you haven't already planted your trees, you might consider dwarf varieties. Do a google search on key words 'dwarf avocado'. Lots of interesting looking hits.

As Al said, that high-hanging fruit can be a royal pain.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 3:42PM
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sautesmom

Does anyone know if you multi-graft a dwarf avocado you buy, will it keep the additional varieties as small as the orginal?

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 4:43PM
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elsch

I got the idea from this video.

Here is a link that might be useful: avocado hass 24 low branching

    Bookmark   October 15, 2010 at 8:53PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Yeah. Except that when it is in the ground and happy, it will send a huge new bright green branch straight up for the stars. At least one. Maybe three, like mine did. Then you cut that branch way back, and five more sprout out of that and grow straight for the stars.

If you are young and strong you can keep them small if you stay on top of it. Miss a year or two, though, and you have a lot to prune. I have an Oro Blanco grapefruit and a snow queen nectarine that I keep poodled. But the avos got away from me.
Renee

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 12:51AM
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Mikey(SoCal-Z10-22/23)

I bought a semi-dwarf Gwen some 12 years ago and it now tops out at about 15'. Much of the fruit is within hand's reach, however, I do use an 8' picking pole that has a wire basket on the end to snag and pull off fruit too far up to reach by hand.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 1:25PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

On multi-graft anything, usually one variety eventually outgrows all the others.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 6:03PM
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