How many avocado trees do I need?

Someone told me I needed at least three trees to make sure that I had at least one of each sex. But I don't understand that -- I could end up with three trees of the same sex, couldn't I? I mean, it's like the joke about how many socks do you need to ensure one for each foot? The answer is 3. But that's not true, because you could end up with three left socks. This person also told me that 'avocados fertilize each other by the roots' so that I would need to plant 3 trees close together to ensure that at least one of them had fruit on it. How can they fertilize by the roots? I thought that bees fertilized trees. Bees don't live underground, do they? Finally, another person told me that I can't grow an avocado tree from a seed, only from grafts. I have a tree that I grew from a seed. Right now it's in a pot, and about a foot high. I want to plant it out, but don't have room for 3 trees. So, what's the deal? Should I plant out my one tree, or just give up the whole idea?

Asked By: Sarah - 9/7/2007
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The fruit from a seedling tree is quite variable in eatability and quantity of bearing and may not be as hardy or disease resistant as a named, grafted variety. This is true for just about all fruit trees. So, yes, you can grow such a tree. But it will take you just as many years if not more to grow it, and it may... More
Answered By: aseachangea - 9/7/2007
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first of all as for as I know they are self pollinating second w***************e? They need lots of warm weather You can probably find this place on the Internet its called Devinne Avocados in Devinne Texas contact them
Answered By: Marcia - 9/7/2007
I believe that they are self pollinators. And depending on where you live, depends on if you plant outside or not. Although I am not sure how big an Avocado grows, you may be able to grow it in a movable pot when it gets bigger, like I see people do with banana trees. I had grown one till it was 4 feet tall, until I... More
Answered By: SLoWpoke - 9/7/2007
Please do not give up the whole idea. In California many people have avocados, both indoor and outdoor. Most of the time, it is very rare to get fruit from an indoor plant, but it can and has happened. It is best to plan for them outdoors. Here is a link from the U of C to help you:
Answered By: hopflower - 9/8/2007
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