Hardiness Zone: 8b
Janell from Aloha Oregon
Avocados are self thinning and if not pruned regularly, they can grow tall and spindly as house plants. If your plant is still losing leaves, too much water or not enough sun are the two most common culprits.
I've never grown an avocado plant, but theoretically, pruning a mature avocado plant should encourage branches to sprout from below the cut. This should create a stronger, bushier, more compact plant.
If you don't want to cut back the main stem, partially cut back a few branches higher up to encourage new growth further down the trunk.
Keep in mind that by cutting back main branches, you will stimulate growth all over and can expect to see several new stems emerge below the cuts. You may want to let these emerging stems grow out a bit and then periodically pinch or prune some of them back in order to reshape your plant.
Avoid pruning in late summer or early fall.
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