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Shepard Avocado in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Persea americana 'Shepard'

 

Shepard Avocado

The Avocado tree can grow up to 20m tall with alternately arranged thick, dark green leaves to 25 cm long. The fruit is between 5 and 20 cm long (dependent upon variety), and has a large central seed (kernel or pit). Although there are cold hardy varieties available, most species are grown as container or houseplants in temperate regions. The pit germinates planted in normal soil or partially submerged in a small container of water. It should sprout in four to six weeks if submerged in water, at which time it can be planted in any houseplant potting soil. The plant does not bear fruit unless it has ample sunlight. It typically takes four to six years to bear fruit. 'Shepard Avocado' remains green when it is ripe, and the flesh does not go brown when it is cut

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plant Features
  • Shepard Avocado likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Shepard Avocado likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Shepard Avocado is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Shepard Avocado likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Shepard Avocado

Latin name

Persea americana 'Shepard'

type

Evergreens

family

Lauraceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Shepard Avocado likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Shepard Avocado is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Shepard Avocado likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Shepard Avocado likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Shepard Avocado is 10.00meters x 11.00meters 10.00 M 11.00 M

Persea americana 'Shepard'

The Avocado tree can grow up to 20m tall with alternately arranged thick, dark green leaves to 25 cm long. The fruit is between 5 and 20 cm long (dependent upon variety), and has a large central seed (kernel or pit). Although there are cold hardy varieties available, most species are grown as container or houseplants in temperate regions. The pit germinates planted in normal soil or partially submerged in a small container of water. It should sprout in four to six weeks if submerged in water, at which time it can be planted in any houseplant potting soil. The plant does not bear fruit unless it has ample sunlight. It typically takes four to six years to bear fruit. 'Shepard Avocado' remains green when it is ripe, and the flesh does not go brown when it is cut


Planting

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Avocado growing indoors can start with a pit but is most successful with a healthy grafted dwarf tree. Cultivated avocados are grown from compatible rootstock. A plant produced from a seed is less likely to produce fruit, but it will make a lovely tree. Move the sprouted pit to an unglazed terra cotta pot that is at least 10 inches across and twice as deep as the roots. Use a potting mix with compost blended with sand for a loose, fast-draining composition. Growing avocados in containers indoors also requires bright light. A plant will get straggly without adequate light. Pinch off excess growth at first to promote a bushier, stronger plant.

 

Propagation by seed (pit)

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Remove the pit from a ripe avocado and rinse off any excess flesh. Push a network of toothpicks into the pit and suspend it on top of a glass of warm water. The pit should dip an inch or so into the water at the dented or dimpled end. Place the glass in bright light where temperatures are at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 C.). Change the water frequently. Soon the pit will produce roots, which will grow down into the water. Eventually, stems and leaves will sprout. When the roots fill much of the glass, it is time to transplant to a pot.

 
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