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Avocado Tree (Persea Americana)

-REFERENCE SHEET- -HOUSE PLANT-

In the UK avocadoes are grown as houseplants for foliage interest until becoming too large. In places where frost is rare they are occasionally seen growing outside as trees. For most, though, growing an avocado indoors from the stone is a better bet and fun for adults and children alike. Avocado is beautiful house plant that you can prune to shape you like.

GROUP: Tender evergreen tree.

FLOWERING TIME: Spring but rarely flowers or fruits as a houseplant.

HEIGHT AND SPREAD: Ultimately 15-20m (49-66ft); smaller in containers.

POSITION: Sunny position, south facing window.

HARDINESS: frost sensitive plant

DIFFICULTY: Easy to grow.

CULTIVATION: in containers at least 30cm (1ft) in diameter using soil based compost such as John Innes No.3 with added sharp sand.

FEEDING: Apply balanced liquid feed every 2-3 weeks.

RE-POTTING: When roots appear through drainage holes, repot. This is likely to be every year. Repotting is best done in the spring.

WATERING: The avocado dislikes either excessively wet or dry conditions. Water freely in summer; and thoroughly but less frequently in winter.