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RE: Avocado as a Container Plant (pics) (Follow-Up #29)

posted by: greenman28 on 03.10.2011 at 12:31 pm in Container Gardening Forum

With all the wonderful re-potting pic-posting going on, I was encouraged to re-pot my Avocado....
As always, I would have liked to have taken more pics of the process; but I'm a one-man operation,
and once the roots are exposed I tend to work quickly. Anyhow, I hope these are sufficient :-)

This is how the Fir bark starts. I screen it over a plastic nursery flat with a 1/4 inch grid.
The bark falls through into a large pond-basket, which has 1/16 and 1/8 inch holes all around the outside.
This allows me to shake the dust and fine particulate from the screened bark. It also makes rinsing easy.

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A handful of bark...some of these particles are larger than I'd like, but a good portion are just right.

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A better shot of the bark in the pond-basket. I add Dolomitic Garden Lime to my bark to provide Calcium
and to adjust the pH upward. I also add Osmocote 4-month slow release fertilizer. Very helpful, I find.

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Turface MVP screened in the pond-basket.

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Red Pumice, sometimes sold as Scoria, also screened in a pond-basket. Rinse your Pumice!!! ;-)

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The ingredients combined. You might be wondering where the granite grit is. I don't have granite.
This mix is something that I refer to as the gritty 5-1-1. No peat (ever!) and no perlite this year.

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Here we are, the Avocado out of the pot.
The main root was very large, with a lot of roots growing toward the bottom of that large root.
So I removed as much as I could to encourage root-growth further up the root, and when next I re-pot
I will remove more of the root - until I'm left with a good, dense, radial root-mass.

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A nice, tidy root-pruning.

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Re-potted with moist mix:

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And watered in well:

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Josh

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