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I cut an old non producing avocado tree down last year.Now there are 2 foot sprouts coming up from the base. Will this turn into a productive tree or should I cut these off?

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  • Posted: Sun. 1st March 2015 03:50

Re: Avocado Tree

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Pam,
Many avocado farmers will cut their trees way back since they get leggy and tend to only produce fruit at the top of the tree, making harvest difficult. Also, hard pruning old trees saves on water usage, a must in most places where avocados are grown. When hard pruned, they tend to cut very low, but above where the trunk starts to branch out (many avocados tend to branch very low on the trunk). I'm not sure what kind of framework your cut trunk has, but I can assume the sprout will grow and branch off eventually. I would suggest picking the strongest sprout and remove the other. As the sprout grows, you can prune it to promote more branching.
All the best,
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 2nd March 2015 17:07

Re: Re: Avocado Tree

Reply from pam

Thank you Kathy for responding. I am watching the sprouts but already the tips of some of the leaves are browning. What can that be?

  • Posted: Fri. 3rd April 2015 14:31