Need help! Q with Avocado.

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  1. cadasi7

    cadasi7 New Member

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    My dad brought me an avocado fruit from Philippines. It is a different variety from what you normally see in canadian store. This avocado is a bit bigger. Tried to germinate and it did germinate. However, living in the prairies I know this will not survive. So my questions are:

    a) Can I turn this avocado into a bonsai? If I'm gonna cut the apical bud (see picture), will it survive?

    b) Or if not, are there any places (greenhouse/garden) where I can just donate this avocado?

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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, it looks like it is undergoing Etiolation - Wikipedia . As for donating, without documentation it is doubtful a botanical garden would accept it. Possibly call around to local garden centres if they have greenhouse space; it definitely needs more light than it is getting now.
     
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    It's fun to start an avocado, isn't it? Where I live, I have access to a few different types, although none actually grow outdoors and produce fruit this far north. You can cut the top leafy tip off, leaving both of the little tiny nodes and maybe one actual leaf and it should sprout from there. One would hope that it would immediately branch out, but that's not always the case. It may need to get a bit taller. I don't know if avocado can be treated as a bonsai. I'd suspect it would have to be fairly large if you could manage it, like the size of an easy chair. Good luck.
     
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    I'm currenrly exposing it to an artificial light for 6-8hrs. Tried to remove the apical bud leaving 3-4 leaves. Read that there are auxins in the apical part.
     
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    hi daniel, which light bulb should i get for indoor plants? this is the avocado plant right now (see pic). also, since i cut the apical bud where would i expect to see the new bud? is the 2nd pic the new bud? lol sorry for the silly questions. thanks in advance
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Renowned Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Seek out bulbs marketed as "grow lights", "plant lights", or "full spectrum". Quite a few on the market!
     
  8. Guy Wilkinson

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    You need to plant it I have 21 plants so far. You can ask Pine Island Nursery if they ever had or possibility of making a bonsai. The other is some varieties only grow 3 feet. Research the variety if it's poly-embryonic you will get true to type avocados. For lighting Metal Halides are best for growing vegetation one plant south facing window with a timed 75w light should produce enough say 2600 lumens just shy of 2800 but you don't want it growing over winter just maintaining. For color 6000k bulb is good 10000k is better. Temp 16C for winter and 23c-28c for summer and don't fertilize for the first year. Happy Growing
     
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    hey guys, it's been 2 months now since I first started this thread and i'm very thankful for you guys answering my questions. here's what my avocado looks like right now (see pic). i'm still trying to bonsai it (or make it a dwarf avocado) but i'm not really sure if i am doing it right. i just always cut the apical bud to facilitate branching and/or to slow down its growth. now i am just curious whether i can do air layering (w/ rooting hormone) to my young avocado. or i guess my main question is would it survive air layering? any ideas? thanks
     

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    update: here's what it looks like now..
     

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