Avocado Update

I’m not sure if I’ll make it a habit of chronicling our avocado tree seedling’s progress, but here it is going strong five days after the previous photo:


The informational page on cultivating avocado seeds that I’d been accessing for guidance gets a little vague around this point:

“When the roots are substantial and the stem top has had a chance to re-grow leaves (after at least one pruning), your baby avocado tree is ready to be planted in soil.”

That may sound all well and good, but the trouble is to me the roots are already leaning towards substantial but there’s no details to back up that parenthetical about pruning, and so I’m all “Pruning so soon!?” To me that would be like giving a newborn baby a haircut.

Thankfully Susan went searching for other sources and found one that recommended just planting the seed after the baby leaves had developed (basically a couple more weeks) — no pruning until the shoot had reached a foot in height.

That sounds more like it.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."