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Anyone keep avocado tree small by pruning?

Posted by elvie z9CA (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 14, 10 at 22:45

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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RE: Anyone keep avocado tree small by pruning?

Tried, gave up.
Renee


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RE: Anyone keep avocado tree small by pruning?

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


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RE: Anyone keep avocado tree small by pruning?

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.


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RE: Anyone keep avocado tree small by pruning?

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


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I got the idea from this video.

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


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RE: Anyone keep avocado tree small by pruning?

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


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RE: Anyone keep avocado tree small by pruning?

  • Posted by mikey SoCal-Z10-22/23 (My Page) on
    Sat, Oct 16, 10 at 13:25

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.


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  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 17, 10 at 18:03

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


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