Do you have recommendations for pruning avocado trees?

Q.

Hi Tui, thanks for the article on growing avocados. Do you have recommendations for pruning the trees?

Ann Galloway

A.

Hi Ann

Avocados flower and fruit on fresh new seasons growth, and that growth only fruits once.

If the tree isn’t pruned back after fruiting new growth will grow and then the tree will just get bigger and bigger causing the fruit to become further out of reach.

Each year as soon after fruiting that it can be done, select two or three tall branches that have fruited and cut back to a main branch close to the main trunk. Alternate each season so you always have new growth that will fruit with accessible avocados.

Don’t trim around the outside of the tree as that is the new seasons fruiting growth.

Thanks, Tui Team. 

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