Posts Tagged ‘Bonsai Avocado Tree’

Avocado Tree Update – Blog’s 1st Birthday

February 18, 2011

Well the blog is 1 year old. We made it mom! Woop woop!

Here’s a little update on the avocado tree pruning I described about a year ago in a previous post. I have actually pruned it twice more: once at the end of the summer and once more recently at the end of January. When I prune, I never cut back more than 1/3 of the plant growth, as a general rule.

Fruit update: None so far. Still keeping my fingers crossed.

  • December 2009

This is what it looked like just before it was pruned. Leaves with browned edges are about to drop off.

  • February 2010

Soon after it was pruned in late January, the leaves fell off when it sent out new growth.

  • Spring 2010

The tree survived the pruning and is looking pretty happy in early spring.

Different angle from spring. You can see it's sending one main branch right out the top, near the main cut.

  • February 2011

View from the hall this morning. As you can see it has grown a good two feet even after it was pruned three times.

Closer view of avocado tree this morning.

New growth coming from just below a pruning cut. Don't mind the random Buckeye in the background.

New growth with prune cut visible. I have no idea if this is how you are supposed to prune, but the tree seems to be doing fine.

The main cut at the top of the plant from February 2010 intended to keep the size of the plant small. It clearly just sent a main growth around it up to the right. We might need a new prune job soon to keep the tree office-hall-sized.

Over the course of the three prunings this year I have loped off all of the major branches to keep it from getting too big. Each time it sends out new growth like the one above. Over time this will hopefully lead to a bushier but manageably-sized plant.

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”

-Erma Bombeck


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