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Avocado too tall to support itself

Posted by lifespeed 9B San Jose (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 17:25

I guess this is a common problem with these trees; the tree goes faster than the spindly trunk can support. This Don Gillogly Avocado is 6 years old and 15' high. Yet the trunk is only 3 inches across.

If it weren't for the excellent steel stake holding it up it would be lying on the ground. Indeed it was one day when I came home and the rubber strap hard broken!

Should I cut about 4' off the top? I know you're not supposed to "head" trees.

I guess this is a common problem with these trees. This Don Gillogly Avocado is 6 years old and 15' high. Yet the trunk is only 3 inches across.

If it weren't for the excellent steel stake holding it up, it would be lying on the ground. Indeed it was one day when I came home and the rubber strap had broken!

Should I cut about 4' off the top? I know you're not supposed to "head" trees.

Click the photos for hi-res.


avocado tree


avocado tree


avocado tree


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RE: Avocado too tall to support itself

Yes, the best time for controlling the height has sort of slipped by. It would have been better to pinch out the tip of the vertical growth frequently to encourage branching and slow down the ascent.

But...if you want to be able to reach your avocados, I'd certainly cut it back. They cut back avocado trees in the fields all the time, sometimes a lot more drastically. Just watch out for sunburn if you remove too much canopy. May need to do a little painting.


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