I have been asked a lot about the progress of my Avocado tree (you can check my post about how to Successfully grow an avocado tree here) so I thought it is best to make a post about it to answer all the questions I have received so far. Lets start!
Q:When should I prune my avocado tree? I am afraid it will halt its growth if I do it wrong!
A:I know a lot of websites and blogs talk about how the avocado tree needs to be pruned, but I have not pruned mine yet and I do not intend to. If you prune it you force it into remaining small and I want my tree to be around 2 meters tall, so I will not be pruning it until it reaches the height I like it to be.However if you want to prune it just cut its very top leaves and you should be fine. If you look at the photo above you will see 3 new leaves coming out on the top of the bigger avocado tree, just cut those and a tiny bit of stem with a scissors.
Q:I have been waiting for a long time for my avocado to start growing, how long does it usually take and what are the signs I need to look for?
A: This is a little bit tricky because timing can vary due to various reasons. First of all you should know not all avocado stones will be able to produce a tree. Some are manufactured not to in fact. I suggest you buy several avocados from several markets regardless,one of them will be bound to produce a tree! When it comes to how long you might wait, if you place the avocado stone in water or well watered soil,in a warm room,then it should take no more than 6 weeks before the avocado cracks and you are able to see a small root if you pick it up.
Q:How fast does the avocado tree really grow?
A:It depends on the temperature.The warmer the climate and the more sun it gets, then the faster it will grow.I live in Norway so I chose to plant my trees early enough so they get all the summer sun and warmth when they are in the first stages. Here is how long it has taken mine to grow :
0-6th week , gestation period (from new stone to cracking and seeing a root no more than half a cm long)
6th-9th week , first signs of a stem along with more growth of the root.
9th-11th week , stem growth from 1cm to 10cm long, first photo top-left.
11th-13th week , stem growth from 10cm to 15cm long,first photo top-right.
13th-15th week, stem growth from 15cm to 17cm long,first photo bottom-left
15th-20th week,stem growth slightly halted around 30cm long, first photo bottom-right.
20th week until today , around 40cm, second photo, more leaves are sprouting every week and there is about 1cm growth every week. Also the stem of the tree changed color from brown to green.
As far as I have seen it is different for every avocado tree, my first one had less leaves but grew more in height whereas my second one sprouted bigger leaves earlier. Both appear to be healthy and show signs of continuous growth.
Q:Will my avocado tree produce avocados?
A:If you let it grow in height , yes it will. However they will not be as flavorful as the one that produced the tree itself. It takes many years before the tree is mature enough to produce fruit however even with great care so you might never see any. Either way the usual period is between 5 to 13 years.
Q:I do not have a greenhouse,you say it is best if it grows in one,what can I replace it with?
A:You can top your glass(or any container you placed your stone in) with a water cup,a vase, or a jar, anything that is made of clear glass and is big enough to cover your glass/container. It will work exactly the same as a greenhouse!
Q:How much sun does the growing tree need?
A:As much as possible. I have mine in a corner that gets sun from rise till dusk.