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8:07 AM - May 05, 2018 #1

Morning all

I have been growing an avacado from seed.

I've had it in water with toothpicks for the last 6 months and have now transferred to a pot.

I've put gravel at the bottom then mixed normal soil and cactus soil.

I've about different soil mixes and everyone seems to have their own idea's.

From what I read the avacado needs a good draining soil and the roots will rot if water cannot escape.

Would like your views.

I lost a few leaves when I potted it but it looks as though it's established now.

How often should I water?

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11:03 AM - May 05, 2018 #2

Looks like a nice plant, so often they get very leggy from over nurturing, but they are the house plant equivalent of a Great Dane.

You should find the following of interest  https://www.victoriananursery.co.uk/Avocado_Tree/
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6:09 PM - May 05, 2018 #3

Taffy wrote:Looks like a nice plant, so often they get very leggy from over nurturing, but they are the house plant equivalent of a Great Dane.

You should find the following of interest  https://www.victoriananursery.co.uk/Avocado_Tree/
Great bit of info.....many thanks!

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6:48 PM - May 05, 2018 #4

I've grown loads over the years , lots of leaves but never any fruits.  Please let us know if and when you are lucky enough to get a fruit.
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7:07 PM - May 05, 2018 #5

You may well be waiting a while......lol.....but sure will post if I'm lucky
Foxcub wrote:I've grown loads over the years , lots of leaves but never any fruits.  Please let us know if and when you are lucky enough to get a fruit.
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4:32 PM - May 08, 2018 #6

I've never grown an avocado, but if you like listening to podcasts then I can thoroughly recommend the podcast On The Ledge by Jane Perrone (a podcast all about houseplants).  But, more importantly she has an episode on growing Avocdao's which might be useful for you!  Have a look here:
http://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge ... cado-plant
You can play it directly from that webpage (there's a player just under the first picture).

Good luck with your plant!

(P.S. Love your venus flytrap and cactus next to your avocado in the first picture - you might say I'm a little obsessed with cacti and succulents...!)
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4:42 PM - May 08, 2018 #7

stephanelli wrote:I've never grown an avocado, but if you like listening to podcasts then I can thoroughly recommend the podcast On The Ledge by Jane Perrone (a podcast all about houseplants).  But, more importantly she has an episode on growing Avocdao's which might be useful for you!  Have a look here:
http://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge ... cado-plant
You can play it directly from that webpage (there's a player just under the first picture).

Good luck with your plant!

(P.S. Love your venus flytrap and cactus next to your avocado in the first picture - you might say I'm a little obsessed with cacti and succulents...!)
Thanks for the info.

I've had the cactus for about 7 years now, very slow growing and I've changed the pot once and has always been on the window sill

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4:47 PM - May 08, 2018 #8

Dee_Patel wrote: I've had the cactus for about 7 years now, very slow growing and I've changed the pot once and has always been on the window sill
I've got a cactus a bit like that!  Mine's a Pachycereus pringlei and has grown about 1 - 2 cm over the last 8 years.  In many hundreds of years it may grow into a giant like you see in Mexico.

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5:21 PM - May 08, 2018 #9

Nice!!

I see you have gravel on top of the soil. That's a good idea, I'll do the same to mine.

How often do you water yours?

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5:46 PM - May 08, 2018 #10

So nearly all my cacti are potted in a mix of 1 part compost, 1 part vermiculite and 2 parts grit (its nice and free-draining, but still holds some water, enough so they don't rot).  I then topdress them with grit (if I've got enough grit available).  It helps stop me watering it too much and keeps the water holding soil away from the plant where it doesn't like to be wet.
During Spring - Autumn It gets watered whenever the soil is dry, but this works out to be about once a fortnight or so, sometimes less often.  Over winter most of my cacti don't get watered at all as nearly all of them aren't actively growing then and it encourages rot if there's too much water.  It has never complained of being underwatered (it'll shrivel a little).  Sometimes its gone months of neglect simply because I forgot about it and its been absolutely fine (apart from the sunburn...those black marks).  The amount of water sometimes depends on the cactus.  I've got an opuntia that wants watering a lot more frequently!
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7:58 AM - May 27, 2018 #11

How do I treat this......

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5:27 PM - May 27, 2018 #12

I'd just give it a quick spurt of household fly killer
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5:08 AM - May 28, 2018 #13

Taffy wrote:I'd just give it a quick spurt of household fly killer
I will try it later today, thanks

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7:49 PM - Jun 18, 2018 #14

Hello here! Very nice job in growing this! I have tried once but it hasn't even started to sprout..I think that advices that you have upper are very useful so you have to try them. I keep mine fingers crossed to solve this situation!
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7:57 AM - Jun 20, 2018 #15

Just a pick to show how it's getting on

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8:08 AM - Jun 20, 2018 #16

That is coming along really nicely, you've even got more shoots coming on.  
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4:02 PM - Jul 26, 2018 #17

Another update .....it's loving the heat.


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