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Planting an Avocado Tree Outside

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If you don't live in a warmer winter climate then it might be best to plant your avocado tree in a pot that can be moved inside during the winter. Otherwise, in the proper climate follow the planting instructions with attention to light and soil requirements. This is a guide about planting an avocado tree outside.
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September 20, 2017

My avocado tree has grown to about 3 1/2 feet from the pit. I have had it in the house in a window since starting it, probably 2 or 3 years ago. I want to move it outside either in a larger pot or in the ground. I am in zone 7 or 8 in North Carolina. Can it survive being out doors?

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September 20, 20170 found this helpful
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There are 3 different kinds of avocado trees and each can take different degrees of cold weather but since you are growing your tree from a seed I'm sure you do not know what kind of tree you have. That means you should stick with the least cold hardy type tree information just to be safe.

  • General rule: Avocado trees do better in the warm climates of USDA plant hardiness zones 9b through 11, but they also may be grown successfully in colder climates as potted plants.
  • Keep in mind that the range of minimum temperatures for zone 8 is between 10 and 20 F. (-12 and -7 C.) so growing any type of avocado outside is a risky undertaking.
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  • Here are a couple of links that have good instructions on planting and caring for your tree.
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  • http://homeguid  ather-82855.html

I believe you would be taking a chance on losing your tree if planted in the ground so I would recommend planting it in a pot that can be moved inside.

You can always contact a master gardener in your area and ask them for advice since they are familiar with your climate.

Here is a link to locate a master grander in your area.

http://ahsgarde  master-gardeners

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September 26, 20170 found this helpful
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If you are in zone 7 in North Carolina, you may have experienced the 3 degree temperature we had last Winter. Your avocado tree certainly will not survive such extreme cold. It will not survive freezing temperatures, at all.

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If you planted it outside in the ground and it did survive; it would reach a height of about 20 feet or more. Keeping the tree in a container will restrict its growth to about 7-8 feet.

It may be best to keep the tree in a container and move the container to a sunlit porch or deck during the warmer months.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 19, 2018

This is my 5th avocado tree and I cannot reach first base. My fifth one is still in it's 5 gallon container. I bought it 9 days ago, and it was grafted. In the last 4 days I noticed the leaves were curling, then fell off. The falling leaves start below and then are going up to the young ones. I have already lost 3 leaves and have not put it in the ground.

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I lost my fourth avocado because I put it in the ground right away. The 3rd and fourth one, I even put them one foot above ground, good depth, well prepared soil, mulched it, but it still died on me. I tried more water, then less water in a well drained soil. I am now checking with anyone familiar with my experience before I put this new avocado in the ground.

Please I need your help!

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September 19, 20180 found this helpful

Make sure avocado trees are right for your area. Keep in mind it can take years to get fruit on a tree. Some never fruit.

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September 20, 20180 found this helpful

You don't say where you are, but Avocado trees are challenging to grow in many areas...like where I am in Pittsburgh I can get pretty plants, but not much else.

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Your local home extension office can give you the low down on growing them in your area. Here is a locator:

www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search

Wishing you the best. I know it is frustrating!

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