Steve Reed, the owner of an eight foot avocado tree, suggested waiting to see what happened. He claimed that they were a pretty resilient plant. I did not believe him, since my experience seemed to be that if you replant them, they will immediately die. But I left my pathetic waist high plant and watched it turn black, the leaves dead and drooping. The other plants...well...they didn't die completely, but they were pretty sad looking.
Anyway, we went up to the garden today, and I picked more tomatoes, and more peppers, sweet, jalapeno and chillies, and dug the last of the carrots and grabbed my first home grown cabbage. I loaded up the car with my bounty and went to the greenhouse. I was bringing the hibiscus tree back home. Over the next couple weeks, I figured to make a decision on the sad corner of the avocado trees. Much to my shock, the deadest of the dead trees has new growth the complete length of its stalk. A little amazed, I looked carefully at all of the other potted trees and....every last one of them show signs of growth.
So...thanks, Steve. I was on the verge of tossing the lot of them last spring!
However, ain't nobody needs that many avocado trees, so I will be looking for people to
foist them on gift them to.
I think it does pay to leave things which look dead - at least over the year. One of my hebes was totally deadened by sharp frosts here in April. I left it and now, six months later, it is flourishing - grown all its leaves back and looks if anything stronger for the experience.ReplyDelete
Woo hoo! I'm glad they're bouncing back! It is indeed a mixed blessing -- but at least you have a greenhouse to keep yours in. We have to make room for ours indoors!ReplyDelete
I waiting for evidence of fruit. I'm patient.ReplyDelete
Steve knows his stuff!ReplyDelete
Oh wow, I wish I'd known that! I've grown so many avacados in a glass of water that croaked - or so I thought - the instant I planted them. I am ridiculously happy for you. I hope they grow tall and beautiful!ReplyDelete
Wow! You resurrected the avocado trees. That is amazing!ReplyDelete
Once again Reedman has donned his cape and saved the day for a damsel in distress. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's Reedman!ReplyDelete
Can you actually get a ripe avocado this far north?ReplyDelete
To be honest with you, Ed, I'm pretty sure that I will get no avocados at all. But at this point, I've got a grove of them. Who knows what will happen.ReplyDelete
I have tried to grow avocados using the toothpick/glass of water, and I have never, once been successful. I was pondering this grievous disappointment while eating an avocado, and it occurred to me that when Ma Nature wanted an avocado tree, she does not get out the toothpicks and a water glass. The things fall on the ground and they either grow or they don't. I had a pot with another dead plant in it.(My track record seems kind of poor, doesn't it?) so I just began to shove pits in the dirt. I hauled the pot to the greenhouse and before I knew it, I had six of them sprouting. In the same pot! Hence the need to kill them off by repotting them.
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Yay for the avocado trees!!ReplyDelete
Glad they are making a comeback.
And I had no idea avocado trees were so resilient.