Next >︎
To Top

Pruning an Avocado Plant


I have an indoor avocado plant that is about 5 feet tall. The leaves are only on the top 12 inches. Can I trim it down to about 2 feet and still have it leaf out?

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.


Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

Related Content
In This Guide
Avocado Plant leaves on white
Pruning an Avocado Plant
Next >︎
September 26, 2006
A ripe avocado cut in half.
Ripening an Avocado
An avocado plant with dying leaves.
Leaves Dying on an Avocado Plant
Avocado Stem
If the Stem Snaps Off of an Avocado Will the Plant Die?
Blooming Spirea
Pruning Spirea
Halloween Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by .

Generated 2017/10/07 22:21:23 in 594 msecs. ⛅️️
Loading Something Awesome!