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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.
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Re: Best Avocado Variety for Growing in a Container
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2022, 09:00:17 PM »
Hey I wanted to see what happened with your experiment.
I am experimenting with these things as well.
I think a 15 gal pot should be good for around 9í tall
Thereís an avocado tree I drive by a lot thatís about 12í tall, looks pretty good but donít see any fruit - in a half wine barrel!
I have GEMs about 5í tall trying to set fruit. One of them had tons of fruitlets but many fell off.
The trunk is only about 5/8-3/4Ē thick and the plant ďknowsĒ how much it can take. It seems like all tree of these GEM trees will end up with about 1 fruit each. Thatís why there arenít really dwarf avocados. The fruit is energy intensive. The amount of fruit should correlate to the trunk and root mass and leaf area. Best case scenario Iím guessing would be like 20 fruit for a tree that size.
If thatís worth it to you to prune and move inside for 20 fruit a year then great. Step 2 is finding the right variety. As mentioned above, the Reed seems like the the one - itís known for fruiting pretty hard at a young age  and kinda breaks the general rule that you need a big tree to get good fruit set. However I have a nursery Reed in a 15 gal bag. It got attacked by deer but the leaves are coming back. Itís one of these 2yr old 3-4í trees. It flowered and had bb sized fruitlets on nearly every flower. But they all dropped off. Next year it will probably be over 6 feet tall and set a few fruit. I donít know if it will keep setting more fruit as the trunk gets thicker if you are also cutting off the 3 ft it grew that year because it kinda shocks the tree and it might not fruit out of spite.
What you are attempting is kinda unnatural for avocado and might work and also might be a big waste of time. Itís not going to behave as well as citrus or fig in a container.
Iím doing the same thing but also trying to feel out when they might need to be up potted and you will have to be open to adjusting your plan if you see rootbound symptoms and also you will definitely need to be fertilizing pretty often

 

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