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Best Avocado Variety for Growing in a Container
« on: January 13, 2022, 03:01:10 PM »
For the past few weeks I have looked at around 30 different varieties of avocados trying to figure out the best type for growing in a large (15 Gal.) container.  My 4 main criteria are:
-   Responds well to heavy pruning so that it can be kept to a size of roughly 6í tall by 4í wide
-   Fruit must have a high oil content
-   Small seed to flesh ratio
-   Must be highly productive and bear at an early age (2-3 years)
Since it will be container grown and will be brought inside long before any freezing temps occur, it is not necessary that it be a cold-tolerant variety.  Also, Iím not particular about the size of the fruit as long as it meets the other criteria above.  From the roughly 30 or so varieties that Iíve looked at, Iíve narrowed my list down to 9 candidates as follows:
-Pinkerton
-Wurtz (AKA Little Cado)
-Day
-Condo
-Fantastic
-Brazos Belle
-Holiday
-Lila
-Gem

I would like to hear of anyoneís experience with container growing any one of these listed varieties or another variety not listed which you feel is superior.  Please let me know which you would recommend and why.  Also, if any of these varieties are not suitable for container growing, I would like to know that as well.  Thank you.



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Re: Best Avocado Variety for Growing in a Container
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2022, 05:04:47 PM »
Hi ,you can use a clone rootstock. It can control the graft part growth

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Re: Best Avocado Variety for Growing in a Container
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2022, 06:10:37 PM »
I dont have any potted trees but gwen and pinkerton make loads of fruit on small trees.  Also superior flavors.
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Re: Best Avocado Variety for Growing in a Container
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2022, 07:47:00 PM »
Hi ,you can use a clone rootstock. It can control the graft part growth


Procedures please.  Interesting concept

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Re: Best Avocado Variety for Growing in a Container
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2022, 12:41:41 AM »
You have to got the clone rootstock . Some California comercial nursery have it. Good choice is toro caŮůn .Other option is airlayered rootstock. You can check YouTube for examples. Good luck


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Re: Best Avocado Variety for Growing in a Container
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2022, 10:32:17 AM »
Thanks for bringing up the importance of selecting the right rootstock which is something I hadnít considered.  I found an article that states that some rootstocks have demonstrated that they can induce the grafted tops to make more than twice as much fruit compared to other rootstocks! See: https://gregalder.com/yardposts/avocado-rootstocks-what-do-they-matter/
There is also a picture at the end of the article which shows how much variability there can be in using seedling rootstocks.

The nurseries Iíve looked at selling grafted avocado trees usually donít state the type of rootstock used so that could be a bit of a challenge.  In fact the article I referenced states that most avocado plants sold to home growers is on Zutano seedling rootstock.   If Iím lucky, maybe Iíll find one of the varieties Iíve listed on toro caŮůn.

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Re: Best Avocado Variety for Growing in a Container
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2022, 11:54:10 AM »
Zutano rootstocks work fine. 
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Re: Best Avocado Variety for Growing in a Container
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2022, 05:33:26 PM »
I've read enough and watched enough videos, to be skeptical that a 15 gallon pot works very well to grow a tree to fruit bearing size. That seems to be about the minimum, and requires an experienced gardener to know how to properly balance all of the conditions. If you can work out a way to get a larger pot (even if permanently mounted on a dolly) I'd really advise that. Shoot for a 24 inch box, or even larger.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2022, 06:10:16 PM by BQ McFry »

 

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