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So happy to find this group - love growing anything.
Can any of you tell me why a rose bush I buy with spectacular blooms will then produce an entirely different bloom the next season? Usually much less attractive. What can I do to prevent this?
Also, has anyone really produced avocados from a supermarket seed plant?

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I once bought a vining yellow rose. It was against red brick and it was really pretty. The next year when it came back it came back as a red rose vine. Turns out it was a hybrid, and had been grafted onto a red rose root. I had to move it to a better spot where it stood out better

Livinlife Level 9 Feb 18, 2019

Thanks. Did it continue red? I need to learn more about grafting.

@Louiseann yes. It was red forever after that


@CaroleKay gave the right answer about roses. No idea about avocados, except that I have heard that a lone tree does not usually produce.

MissKathleen Level 9 Feb 18, 2019

I've heard/read both thoughts - two trees needed & only one tree is necessary to fruit. Thanks for your response.


Because it's growing from the root stock, roses are grafted. The good part is on top of the graft, the sucker growth (from the the bottom, below the graft) all needs to be removed and roses need to be pruned every year. Google is your friend.

CaroleKay Level 8 Feb 18, 2019

She's right . Don't prune below the graft , or the only thing you'll have left is the root stock , not the pretty roses you bought it for .

Thank you so much.


Is it a knock out rosebush?

Bigwavedave Level 7 Feb 18, 2019

I don't like roses, so I can't help you there. I have grown an avacodo tree from the pit before, but it never produce a fruit, this was a very long time ago and I think it died.

joantheloon Level 6 Feb 18, 2019

Is it the thorns? Prima donna image? The fact that, as hybrids, none of the garden varieties grow true to form from seeds?
I am not criticizing, just curious, as I have been hooked on roses since I was a 5th grader some 41 years ago. I do sometimes struggle with the thought that roses are not exactly the poster child for eco-friendly gardening, lol.

@MikeInBatonRouge I don't like the way they smell or look. I love wildflowers the best, that's just who I am


I have grown an avocado tree from supermarket Avocados. I had one that lived for several years, got to about 5 feet tall. Then I moved, and moved. I don't know if it would ever produce fruit, as far north as I live and as cold as it gets, it can't be planted outside. But it was a very cool experiment.

HippieChick58 Level 9 Feb 18, 2019

Thank you. I also had one that grew inside to about 4 feet. No fruit though. I've got several smile039.gif started now, which is quite easy, but really want to grow one able to produce that delicious fruit.

@Louiseann It takes a very long time for an avocado grown from seed to produce fruit ... Trees that are sold commercially are grafted from mature avocado varieties and produce fruit more quickly and reliably than trees grown from seed. If you grew your tree from an avocado pit, it won't bear fruit until it's at least 10 years old, and you may have to wait up to 15 years. On the other hand, if you planted a tree from a nursery or garden center, the tree should begin to produce a crop after three or four years. You DO NOT need more than one tree, that is not the problem ... it's the youth of the pit(seed)grown tree.

I've got an avocado tree right now that I grew from a seed and its about 8 ft. now. It's 3 years old but has never given fruit.

@dede18 Thank you so much. One of my epiphanies a while ago was that "someday" isnt really applicable at 75 years. Guess I'll give the young plants to younger folks. I appreciate your knowledge.

@Louiseann your reply made me chuckle, i’m also (almost) 75 years old and i’ve started to do the math when I think about certain actions ... i go Well, I’ll be xx years old by then ... Nah, I’ll pick something else instead. i like your bio, wish we lived closer!

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