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Shan

Avocado Sapling

I am trying to grow an Avocado tree (2 actually) and the sapling is about 40cms high on one slender 'trunk'. I'd like the trunk to start splitting into branches. Do I simply terminate the top of the slender trunk?
Slim

Are there active buds below where you want to split it?
Shan

Yes there do seem to be buds.
Slim

Then, yes, chop-chop-chicken!

(I'm assuming there's some active leaves to continue supporting the tree?)

Breaking off terminal buds is a gentler way to force a desired branching habit when possible, you just need to catch them at the right height.
dpack

my avocado experiences have not got as far as pruning for style

as a general thing:
leave the buds you want to become branches and remove the other ones.
a very sharp knife, great care and skill in the cutting is one way, just snap or tease them off which seems to work rather well.
removing a terminal bud will make most plants bushy, it is the next and subsequent rounds of debudding and/or debranching that will make it take a desirable shape with a healthily airy centre
Shan

Thank you both. Wink
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