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Growing dwarf lamb hass near house

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Vudoo starts with ...
Hi,

I'm from Melbourne's west with limited space for growing fruit trees (about 1mt x 12mts long - west facing). I'm planning to grow a dwarf lamb hass avocado once i get my hands on one. I've searched around the net regarding its root system and there's been mix infos for avocado - some said it's shallow while others are saying that they're deep rooted. Which one is correct? If I grow the dwarf variety about 1.4mts away from the foundation on a 400mm raised bed (1x1mts) would that be ok being a dwarf?
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GG says...
Hi,
Dwarf is a misnomer. The Lamb-Hass is pretty much the same as any other avocado, just a bit thicker or more compact. It's root system is similar to the Hass. How the roots grow will be dependent on soil type and depth to bedrock etc. To keep it small overtime it will still require pruning and training.
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Markmelb says...
My Lamb Hass will be 4yo next Summer - it is more compact and has more internodal flowering and growth than Hass as well as being alot later ripening
(fruit can stay on tree over a year ) I would regard it as Semi-Dwarf as said on the Birdwood Label - mine has sort of topped out until I give surface roots more room to grow from its 1mt Diam 35cm tall metal border.(see my edibles)
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Vudoo says...
Thanks GG and Mark for the responses.
Like how you grow most of your fruit trees in pots Mark, doesnt it limit the yield of the fruits?
Ive read that the only dwarf or compact growing is the Wurtz which i'd recently bought from Diggers but would love to have a Lamb Hass as well. Can you grow the 2 avos 1mt apart? Being on a raised bed will the roots invade other fruit trees?
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24th May 2016 9:23pm
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GG says...
Hi again,
Being in a raised bed won't effect the trees unless the bed is fully contained (in which case don't plant the LambHass) or the bed is higher than the roots are deep (where you may have ground heat or watering issues during summer).
You could plant them 1m apart. Overtime the LambHass would out compete the DwarfWurtz just because it is faster growing and ultimately far larger.
It is somewhat pointless having both so close together. Just devote yourself to one tree to get the best out of it.
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GG says...
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If you are going to grow two avocados that close consider cross-polliators. This has the potential to increase the yield of both trees and in some cases also quality. The DwarfWurtz is Type A I think. To start your research, hop on the Daleys site and have a look at all the avocados. The site labels each variety with its Type.
Goodluck.
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Vudoo says...
Hi GG,

It would be ideal to grow both type A&B but because I cannot find any dwarf B type I don’t think it’s possible with the small area that I have.
The raised bed was initially built (crushed rock underneath) for growing vegies, then 2-3 months later I started to grow persimmon, nectarine, peach, blue berries, dragon fruit, kiwi berry, sugar cane (no idea why), banana, papaya and raspberries.
Although I’ve learnt my lesson with raspberries, has been transplanted to a pot. Have also ordered a dwarf fuji apple and cherry on bare root stock.
I also want to grow a cherimoya and a longan, but as you can see there isn’t much room left for a 12mts long bed.
Climate suitability for the Lamb Hass is cool to warm temperate (as stated on Daley’s website – not sure if typo) which suits my area hence the interest.
Have you tasted the Wurtz avocado, how do they compare to other variety?
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GG says...
Hi Vudoo.
Couldn't say if I've had a Wurtz. I've had avocados off a home-grown dwarf tree and wasn't that impressed, but I wasn't disappointed either. It's a personal choice and I'm a Hass person.
If you have the time, give your Wurtz at least two harvests to prove itself.
If you're feeling impatient, and you are willing to put the time and effort into training a larger tree, and you know exactly what you want, replace it.
Have fun.
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GG says...
Look up 'training avocados' on the net. There are some great youtube videos. It isn't too hard, but it is a constant battle. Your dwarf will be a pleasure to maintain by comparison.
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RC says...
Hi,
I've got a Lamb Hass about 1 year old in a pot. And wondering if this will need to be eventually planted in the ground? Anyone know how long the roots grow? Thanks
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Danny333 says...
Hi RC,

Lamb Hass will be happier and grow larger in the ground but it will also be fine in a very large pot. I have one in a 160L plastic pot and it is doing great. Many others will recommend a fabric pot as it will air prune the roots. Fabric pots are a great choice but will require more frequent watering due to evaporation. Check out the thread “Growing avocado trees in half wine barrels” for more info on this.

As for growing avocados near a house I wouldn’t recommend growing one less than 5 or 6 meters from the foundation even if it is dwarf. They will all become large trees if not pruned and will all get fairly large root systems over time that can become destructive.

I would also grow Lamb Hass over a Wurtz if you only want one tree. I have had a few Wurtz trees in the past and have found them to be quite a weak tree. They sunburn very easily and have not been very productive for me without a pollinator. The Wurtz fruit taste ok but aren’t in the same league as Hass type fruit.
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