Benefits of Pruning Avocado Trees

  • Apr 22, 2013

There are many reasons for California avocado growers to consider pruning their avocado trees.


  • Reduces costs.
  • Improves profitability.
  • Improves pest control.
  • Assists trees in Phytophthora recovery.
  • Helps avocado trees recover from fire or freeze.
  • Saves water.
  • Develops avocado trees with strong frameworks.
  • Reduces fertilizer needs.
  • Increases ease and productivity of harvesting.
  • Maximizes the tree-bearing surface.
  • Reduces tree size.
  • Improves tree health.
  • Keeps avocado fruit off the ground.
  • Restores avocado tree vigor.
  • Influences an avocado tree's response to fertilizer applications, with pruned trees inclined to grow more than unpruned trees. In South Africa, pruning increased the fruit-mineral content of P, K, Ca and Mg, leading to better quality fruit.
  • Improves fruit quality, with more minerals available to the avocado.
  • Rebalances the tree among shoots, roots and avocado fruit growing cycles.
  • Uncrowded avocado trees will grow, spread and create dead, unproductive space within the tree. Crowded avocado trees will grow competitively with other trees, achieving greater size. As a result, unpruned trees can become a "jungle."