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The avocado (Persea gratissima) is originally native to Central America but today is grown widely in tropical and sub-tropical regions. It can, however, be grown in UK, but clearly more for interest than for heavy fruit production. There are many varieties and hybrids.
The avocado is a fast-growing plant and will need potting on fairly frequently. However if left to its own devices it will quickly grow too tall for most conservatories and so a wise precaution is to dock the top occasionally, as necessary, so that the side shoots are encouraged. In this way you will get more of an attractive bushy plant rather than a lanky pole!
Repotting is called for when you see roots coming from the bottom of the pot.
Compost - multipurpose is adequate.
Feed the plant regularly during the summer months with a general purpose feed it should thrive quite happily.
The avocado bears both male and female flowers although these tend to open at different times of the day. If there are insects in the conservatory you will very likely find that pollination has occurred and fruits will develop.
Avocados do not tolerate frost.
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