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A friend of mine gave me an avocado plant that she grew from seed. She kept it primarily in a well-shaded patio. I don't have such a patio... in fact, I have a non-shaded house with frequent strong winds. I really want to keep this plant outside without resorting to constructing a green house. How can I best accomplish this?

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It is going to need quite a bit of water - especially for a desert. Also do you get frosts? Avocadoes are not frost tolerant although some of the Mexican varieties might survive the occasional mild frost. –  winwaed May 31 '12 at 12:30
    
I don't think it is frost tolerant... in fact, even now, it looks very fragile, despite being 2 ft tall. I'm keeping it in a pot indoors right now, but I'd like to move it outdoors. If I take it out immediately, it's going to dry out (from heat) and/or sun-scarred. Is there a way I can move the pot outdoors in such a way to reduce these effects? –  Paul May 31 '12 at 18:26
    
You should harden the plant by leaving it out for progressively longer times. –  Om Patange May 31 '12 at 22:00
    
@OmPatange: How long should it take before it can be left out indefinitely? –  Paul May 31 '12 at 23:32
    
I have no experience with growning an avocado plant, but from experience with other plants you should wait till the colour of the leaves starts becoming darker. For tomato and pepper plants about a week is enough. The tests and times might be drastically different for avocado plants. Perhaps you can ask that as a separate question here. –  Om Patange Jun 1 '12 at 0:13
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