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I nearly killed my grafted fuerte when I moved it from a pot to the ground. It looked a gonner, I left it in the soil for some reason and now a new shoot has grown from the base. Before I realised it was a graft I lopped the dead part of the tree off. Now I'm not sure if the the new growth is from the graft or the rootstock. I can't find the graft spot anywhere and the shoot is only and inch or so off ground level, so I think it's the latter. Is there still a chance I will have avocados from this tree sometime? Or should I pull up stumps and plant a newby?
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brad16 says...
If you specifically want Fuerte avocados, pull up stumps and plant a newby. It's no longer a Fuerte.

If you want to roll the dice, you'll probably get some sort of Guatemalan avocado, depending on whatever was used for rootstock. It's not all bad, Hass and Reed are a couple of the better known Guatemalans. Infact, if you purchased the tree from Daleys, the rootstock may be a Reed seedling. Daleys advertise a few rootstocks for sale and also a 'Reed Seedling', which in the description says they use it for rootstock.

Another thing that may not be so obvious, is that although this one is already in your yard and growing, a new grafted variety will fruit earlier. The rootstock would have been a seedling and they take some years longer to go through 'tree puberty' before fruiting, whereas as grafted variety started life before hand and fruits once it has assimilated with its host and builds up enough mojo to take off from where it left off before it was cut off.

If you grow other avocados, enough to supply your culinary needs, you won't be so disappointed if this one lets you down. On the other hand, if you will be relying on this one, then it would be better to ensure it produces what you know you will like and buy another.
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