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Avocado tree

We started an avocado tree from a pit about 2 years ago. It's now about 4 feet tall and was doing well until a heavy wind today. The tree broke right below the lowest leaves. Can this be repaired? So far i cut the both ends to be as smooth as i could get them and then taped the two pieces together. Please let me know if this was the right thing to do and if the tree is salvageable.
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"If the tree snapped in two, then it can be reattached. However, I would keep the tree watered and see if new sucker sprouts arise from the roots. Many trees do this as a self-preservation step, in case they are gnawed to the ground by animal pests. If it is going to resprout, it would do so by summer.

Luke Miller, editor
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living magazine

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