“Proven Wrong”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
About three years ago, dear hubby planted an avocado seed. I told him it wouldn’t last the winter since this is a semitropical fruit at best. He nursed that little seedling all winter, and it did survive the cold, proving me wrong.
The next summer, the little avocado seedling grew to about three feet tall, and he transplanted it into a large container. Since he was moving a plant from a six inch pot to a twenty-four inch pot, I told him the new container was way too big, but he ignored me. The little avocado tree grew to about five feet tall.
The next winter was spent trying to cover a five foot tree in about a three foot tall pot off and on as the temperature dipped and rose above freezing. Dear hubby kept talking about having avocado fruit maybe the coming summer. I just laughed and told him that avocado trees didn’t bear fruit here, besides it sometimes takes years for one to fruit according to what I have read.
Last summer the tree grew to about seven feet and was too tall to cover this winter. DH just moved it to a rather sheltered location and hoped for the best. It made it through this winter even though there were several hard freezes.
This spring, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The tree had flowers.
Now, I have read that avocado trees usually need another tree to be pollinated, but after being proven wrong that this tree would even survive, much less grow and flower in three years, I won’t be surprised at all if there are avocados on the tree by summer. At least DH has not gloated.