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How To Bonsai An Avocado Tree

How To Bonsai An Avocado Tree

Do you know how to bonsai an avocado tree?  In this article, we will talk all about how to do it, when to do it and the results to expect.

Avocados are easy to grow. They are perennial, self-pruning fruit trees. They can be grown in any sunny area, except for the very cold climates. You can choose between a dwarf or a semi-dwarf variety.

You can grow an avocado tree from the pit found in the avocado fruit to make an avocado bonsai tree. Bonsai is a planting method that allows you to grow a small tree.  Bonsai is also a method of growing and pruning a small shrub or tree that resembles ancient trees growing in nature.

The avocado bonsai tree is always the size of the average household tomato. You can start with an avocado pit or rooted bonsai cutting vine and learn how to bonsai an avocado tree the right way.

How To Bonsai An Avocado Tree
Naming Your Bonsai x
Naming Your Bonsai

The first thing you need to do when learning how to bonsai an avocado tree is find the best avocado bonsai tree for your climate. If you live in California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, or California, you should choose a dwarf variety. The dwarf variety will grow to less than 2 feet tall.

  1. After choosing the perfect avocado bonsai tree for your climate, take the avocado pit or rooted cutting vine out of its container.
  2. Take the pit and put it into the hole of your avocado bonsai tree. You can use the soil from your planting pot to fill up the hole.
  3. Water the tree every day and keep it from getting too dry.
  4. When the tree has grown to about 6 inches tall, start pruning the branches. Prune back all but two or three leaves from each branch.
  5. After about one to three years, the tree will be ready for its first bonsai.

Planting The Avocado Tree

The avocado tree can be grown from seed, but most gardeners prefer to buy a young plant. You can do this by ordering a plant online or buying a plant through a specialist nursery. When buying a young plant, it should be planted out into its final position, then watered, and finally fertilized.

The new plant will need to be placed in a pot, either in a warm greenhouse or on the patio in the autumn. In the spring, when the soil has warmed up, you can start growing your plant outside in its final position.

The avocado tree is a large shrub that grows to around 3m (10ft) tall. It has a deep taproot which means that it is very difficult to dig up if you want to plant it in a new location. However, it is easy to transplant a young avocado plant.

When you buy a plant from a specialist nursery, it will usually come in a small pot and the gardener will normally give you some advice on how to plant the plant out.

The avocado tree does not like being transplanted into cold or wet soil, so you should plant it out in the autumn or early spring when the soil is warm and dry. The new plant should be placed about 2.5cm (1in) deep and at least 30cm (12in) apart.

If you are lucky enough to have a south-facing patio, this is the ideal place for an avocado tree, because the sun will help it to grow and flower. If you have a north-facing patio, it may not be possible to grow an avocado tree successfully.

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The Best Conditions To Bonsai An Avocado Tree

The best conditions are:


A warm sunny south-facing garden with good drainage. If you have a cold room, that’s great too. If you’re in a hot climate, you might want to take the advice of your local nursery and try growing it outside for a while to acclimatize.


The soil should be well-drained and free of weeds. If you’re planning on using bark mulch, it needs to be non-acidic, like loam or clay.


Water once a week in dry weather. Don’t water it during the winter when the roots will be dormant. It’ll get enough rain in spring.


Use a good all-purpose fertilizer (the one recommended by the supplier) that is high in nitrogen and low in phosphorus.


In the autumn the tree should be pruned back to about 10cm above the graft union and the top of the trunk pruned to a point so that it is free of branches and leaves.

If the tree is to be grown in a container, then choose a large container, preferably one that can be lifted and moved around if necessary. It is important that the container is well-drained, and that there is plenty of space for the roots to grow.

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In Conclusion

How to bonsai an avocado tree will become easy when you start by reading this article. It is easy to bonsai an avocado tree but it requires some skills to do so. First of all, you should choose the right tree for your garden.

When you buy your avocado tree from a nursery or a friend, you should always make sure that the tree is healthy. You should also make sure that the tree has been watered regularly and fertilized as well. If you have not done this, then you should do it right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you turn any tree into a bonsai?

No, not any tree. Bonsai trees are very specific and require a great deal of care. A bonsai is the result of years of study and practice. The first step is to learn what a bonsai tree is and how it grows. There are many resources available which describe these things. The next step is to choose a tree. In order to be a good bonsai, the tree must be chosen carefully.

How many types of bonsai trees are there?

There are many different types of trees suitable for bonsai. The most common is the Japanese or Shimpaku tree. This is a deciduous tree with a single trunk, which has been shaped over time to look like a miniature Japanese pine. 

How do you shape an avocado tree?

The avocado tree is a large evergreen tree. To shape it, you need to cut the leaves into the shape of your choice so that the trunk can be seen. Remember not to prune it too much or else it will become stunted. 

How long does an avocado tree take to grow?

The avocado tree will grow very slowly. It can take about ten years before it is ready. To grow it faster, you can use the bonsai method that helps it mature in fewer years.