Dead avocado tree regrowth qustion

Chris83June 6, 2013

I was given an Avocado tree this past summer when I moved to Florida (Orlando). I did not watch it as closely as I should during the winder and my 4 foot tree lost all its life except for some shoots that shot up in the spring by the base of the plant.

There are three main shoots that are growing well, one is substantially doing better. Should I cut the other shoots back so the main shoot does better or should I let all three grow? The plant is about 2 and 1/2 feet tall now.

I'm noticing that as the other two shoots grow their leaves are overlapping the main shoot. It looks like three separate plants are growing. Will the trunk of the tree grow so these become branches of the main tree, or are these three separate plants that I should trim back 2 to let the other one do well?


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I would just let it grow then decide later which one to cut. I have one that came up with six shoots and I had to cut one shoot last year because of a carport I built. The tree is about 25 foot tall.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 1:08AM
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shavedmonkey (Harvey in South Fl.)Z10b

It looks like all the growth is below the graft, if it ever was grafted. Growing avocados, like many fruit trees, grafting is required. On occasion it is possible to have a good outcome by seed, but unlikely. Because it takes years until the first fruit, and consider the value of the land, and the most precious commodity of all, time...Get quality grafted fruit. If successful it may produce for decades. I can't remember the hybrid of avocado, but it is an excellent fruit. As big as a big grapefruit with excellent texture and flavor.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 2:21PM
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