Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Avocado Pruning

My avocado pits are finally showing signs of growth. I planted the pits several months ago, but they're finally taking off. Not really sure what I'm going to do with all of them. Anyone want an avocado?

So first the pit splits and you can start to see the shoot.

Then it comes up as this sad little oddly colored shoot that's just totally straight.

After it's grown a few inches (about 9" or so) and has some leaves you have to do the hardest thing to it. You have to chop it off!!! I couldn't bring myself to do it, so I made the heartless J cut it.

The pruning will help it branch off and be healthier, I realize this, but it still breaks my heart to hurt my plants.

I'll feel better when it starts growing back.


  1. So funny, I have 2 pits I started and one has finally split and is about 2" tall. I had one many years ago. Its name was Arthur. I didn't know about cutting it however so it was just one tall dude with a few leaves at the top. Thanks for the instructions on cutting

  2. I find pruning very difficult too, I feel like I'm wasting hard work - but it's usually is for the best in the long run