There are quite a few varieties of avocado trees available for the home landscape. All of the avocado trees listed are either dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties. This means they stay in a smaller range, keeping it easy for you to pick your own avocados. The smaller trees grow faster and stay small enough so you can grow them in containers and move them indoors for winter in colder climates. This allows just about anyone in the U.S. to be able to enjoy growing your own citrus.
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Planting Tips & Care for container grown Avocado trees:
Plant your avocado trees in a rich planting soil with an organic mix of compost or manure. If you plant them in a plastic container, make sure to drill a drainage hole on the bottom. Most clay pots come with the drainage hole but most plastic ones do not. Water them weekly the first year. Water only when the soil is dry after the first year.
Fertilizing in spring is best for most avocado trees and there are special fertilizers available online and at some hardware stores. They're usually labeled for cirtus trees.
Pruning is not recommended for most dwarf and semi-dwarf avocado trees. If you need to prune for height to allow it to be indoors in winter, do so after harvesting all the ripened fruit but before it starts to flower again. If your tree is bushy, you can remove some of the lower branches to keep it more in a tree form. Just keep in mind more pruning could mean less fruit next season.