How to grow an Avocado tree

By June 26, 2012Flower Talk

One of my clients started an avocado tree.  It’s wonderful, hopeful and tall, but it looks a little over-watered.  The leaves are droopy and yellow.

Here is what I’ve learned about how to grow an Avocado Tree in a container.

It needs loose filtering soil
Pot should be 24 inches in diameter.
18 inches deep.

Only water the tree when the top two inches of soil are dry to the touch. Avocado trees tolerate dry conditions, and do not like excessive moisture. Do not water your avocado tree during the winter, because the tree goes dormant during these months. Your avocado should be watered on a grass schedule during the spring, summer and fall. Like citrus, avocados like to dry out a bit between watering. During the winter cool months careful attention to watering is crucial. Avocados do not like cold damp soil and can easily develop root rot, so you probably do not have to water much during December and January.


If you are into organics as I am, you can use coffee grounds or compost. They say not to fertilize them during the first year but I imagine they are referring to synthetic fertilizers which I never use.

It takes about 4 years to bear fruit and after putting this together, i’m thinking I’m going to be planting one in my apt soon.

Bring the sun in.

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