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Can I cut this avocado plant back? Almost 2 feet long and first of leaves just starting to grow.

  • It is looking for light. Give it more light, and it will growth less (and with more leaves). – Giacomo Catenazzi May 27 '19 at 8:40

I’m afraid not. Cutting the stem off below the leaves would bring an end to your plant. Perhaps it’s time to plant it in a pot. Avocado plants grow quite large so you’ll probably need to repot it regularly.


Well, I have never done it with plant sitting in water, however I made it with my potted avocados and they all survived - moreover, thanks to such radical pruning they're now multi-stem plants and looking really good.

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