When will my avocado tree fruit?

Q.

Hi Tui, I have planted an avocado tree in pot, it has been in there for 3 years. When will it fruit? Thanks.

renu devi

A.

Hi Renu, when you will get fruit from your avocado will depend if the tree was grown from seed or whether it was a grafted avocado from a garden centre or grower. A plant grown from seed can take up to 7 years to fruit, that is why trees are grafted, to speed up fruit production, a grafted tree will fruit in 3-4 years. This is because a piece from an already fruiting tree is grafted on to seedling rootstock to improve plant vigour, increase disease resistance and increase fruit yield. The key to growing an avocado in a pot is that the pot needs to be big enough to take a large tree, and the potting mix needs to be free-draining as avocados do not like wet soils. Consistent watering and regular feeding will also help. The Tui Team

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