Oraiste wrote:I know, and I've been tempted to try! But I have no experience growing plants. Can an adult avocado tree be kept indoors? Would it survive long enough to produce fruit? Would it even produce fruit at all by itself?
Yes, the adult tress can be kept inside, but you need to keep it reasonably trimmed and in a rather large container. They also dry out really fast, so make sure to keep plenty of water to it. You ought to be able to get fruit in 2-4 years, so long as it stays healthy.
: Only a minor problem, but one none-the-less is that avocados are not true to seed, meaning if you plant the pit, who knows what kind of avocado you're going to get. All avocado trees that you buy at a store are grafted much like apples, citrus, stonefruit, etc.Problem #2
: Most avocados are not self-fertile. Even though the tree itself is both male and female, the flowers open as male or female on a two day cycle. 'A' cultivar flowers open as female on the morning of the first day and close in late morning or early afternoon, they then open as male in the afternoon of the second day. 'B' varieties open as female on the afternoon of the first day, close in late afternoon and reopen as male the following morning. This causes you to need an 'A' and 'B' variety in your orchard in order to get avocados. If you are planting from seed, who knows what you're going to get.Problem #3
: Grafted trees can produce in 2-4 years (if you winterize them in a walk in), but from seed you're looking at 6-8 years.
Some trees can get really
big. so a greenhouse might be better than 'indoors.' A tree (likely a Reed avocado) I used to get avocados from in San Diego was taller than the 3-story victorian who's yard it was sitting in.