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Old 01-22-2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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Anyone have any experience growing avocado trees in our climate? I was wondering if they could be done in a greenhouse in the winter with a removable roof for the rest of the year?

Contemplating doing this for my garden area and love avocados so just throwing out ideas.

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Old 01-22-2010, 01:12 PM   #2
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I never have but at the price of them I should. Here Google is your friend

http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...ocados+indoors
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Old 01-22-2010, 02:23 PM   #3
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If i'm not mistaken, Avacado's are grafted so what you would grow from seed would not be the nice fruit you find in the store. They grow in Mexico, so if you duplicate that hot dry climate with lots of light you should theoretically be able to grow them.
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:16 PM   #4
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My Dad and I roadtripped a couple years ago down to Redding/ Sac area.. He pointed to an huge farm that grows avocados just about between the two.. So they do well at least that far North..
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I remember when I was a kid I did the seed in water thing to get it to sprout and transplanted it to a pot. It grew pretty well as long as we brought it indoors in the winter. When it got to big to move it was left outside and that was the end of it.
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I have one that is about 3' in our bedroom. Never had it outside though.
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We have got them to about 5 feet in height in a hot house We transplanted it outside and grew to about 7 foot bugs ate it up and we never tried again.
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There was an orchard near where I went to College in Santa Barbara. They are not exactly an indoor plant. BTW, they taste really good when picked off the tree and eaten fresh.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:42 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies,

I've researched online some and it looks like there are a couple varieties that are hardier than others (some rated to 26 deg F) and some smaller trees verses some that grow up to 80ft high.

Grafted sounds like the only way to go since seeded ones rarely produce fruit even from the professionals. I just don't know about the quality of some of the dwarf varieties as the oil content, etc vary widely between different types.

If I got a few trees that wouldn't grow over 10-12 ft or could be pruned/topped, I think I could manage them for the cold times under a cover.

Did any of the indoor ones produce fruit and was it any good? I'd still prefer them outdoors though.

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