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Old 05-09-2011, 07:33 PM   #1
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I've seen people advertising avocado trees on CL lately. Can you really grow them successfully in Oregon? Anybody with first hand experience? I'm skeptical, but dang that would be cool.

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Old 05-09-2011, 07:40 PM   #2
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We tried two trees with no luck. My wife has a pretty green thumb, but not with those trees.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:40 PM   #3
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I've seen people advertising avocado trees on CL lately. Can you really grow them successfully in Oregon? Anybody with first hand experience? I'm skeptical, but dang that would be cool.
Avocado's grow in zones 9 through 11, and the only zone 9 in OR is a thin strip of the south coast, around Bandon, Brookings, Gold Beach area. So unless you've got a huuuge greenhouse, I'd say you're outta luck. Any freezing temps or frost will kill them, and even if you could keep them alive you're yield would be tiny at best.
Down here in HI, however, they grow wild. First time I saw a fully loaded avo tree in the woods, I was in heaven.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:53 PM   #4
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Avocado trees grow fine in Oregon. I have grown a lot of them.

But inside the house and I wouldn't count on any fruit. They can go outside in the summer, but it is just a big houseplant. Unless somebody has dwarfed them, but it would probably still need to be an inside plant.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:10 AM   #5
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The vast majority of Avacado's (like other fruit species) are grafted trees. The seed is fairly easy to grow and fun for kids... they make reasonably good houseplants but that's about it around here. zip
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:13 AM   #6
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I agree with STG, it is a good looking houseplant if you are around the Metro area anyway...
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:21 AM   #7
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its to cold and wet in oregon to get any fruit off of them
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:28 AM   #8
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I'd say no. They can handle a light frost, but low temps for extended periods of time will kill them, or at least the smaller branches. We had them in the bay area, and they would handle most of the cooler, occasional below zero weather, but in a bad year, it would kill the new growth and the harvest. Great trees if we could get away with it.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:46 AM   #9
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Well phooooey. That's what I assumed, but I thought I'd check in with the brain trust. Thanks everybody.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:34 AM   #10
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Default Re: Growing avocados in Oregon?

Mine is 9' tall, and just started putting out branches. I had to move it from my living room to the vaulted ceiling of a local restaurant, but seems to like it's new home...

Oh, it's three years old, started from a seed in the window.
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