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Grafted avocado size

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My neighbours have solar panels that would be shaded if my fruit trees get over about 4m, and I'd rather not have to do too much pruning, but I'd like to have a few more types of avocado to extend the fruiting season and maybe get better pollination (currently I just have a lamb hass).

If I graft a large avocado like a reed or one of the B types onto a smaller variety like a pinkerton (taking care not to cut it back to the rootstock and leaving a few pinkerton branches), how would the resulting tree grow?

Someone must have tried this but I haven't been able to find anything on google.
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GIRRAWHEEN,6064,WA
2nd September 2017 10:41am
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BJ11 says...
Are you looking to do a dual graft onto the rootstock, or to have rootstock - pinkerton - new graft?
If you are looking to graft direct on the rootstock you are likely to get a full-sized reed that tries to take over your pinkerton. It isn't a dwarfing rootstock.
If you are looking to graft onto pinkerton direct then you might find the pinkerton doesn't grow fast enough to handle the growth of the reed. I've had a pomme fruit do this where the diameter above the graft is much larger than below and I'm trying to manage it so that I don't loose the plant. I know they are different species, but you might need to do a bit of pruning nad management to ensure the load above the graft is matched by the strength of the pinkerton section.
Furte and Wurtz are not too tall and both readily available in WA. Both should be partially self-fertile in WA too. Or you could accept a bit of a hair-cut every few years to keep the plants below 4 meters and enjoy a delicious orchard!
Please post updates - I'd be interested to find out if you succeed.
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Kath5 says...
I was thinking rootstock - pinkerton - new graft. Sounds like there are a few things that could go wrong, and avocados are expensive. But I guess if it was easy then everyone would be doing it.

I might keep an eye out for discount avocados or free cuttings and try it if I can get some. I'd want to hear a few success stories before buying full priced plants just for this.
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