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.
     
  3. thanrose

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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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