Do Avocado Trees Need Full Sun?

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If you reside in the southernmost United States or farther south, you can cultivate an avocado tree in your yard. These tall, perennial fruit trees are most well-known for their nutritious, creamy fruits. The tree’s dense, brilliantly green foliage is also planted for its decorative appeal. 

However, it is essential to remember that for all these components of this tree, including the fruit, to grow and become healthy and of good quality, there are some important factors to consider.

Keep reading to find out.

Do Avocado Trees Need Full Sunlight?

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Your avocado will develop well daily if it gets six hours of pure, direct sunshine. Although avocados may withstand little shading, they do not thrive when exposed to most indirect sunlight. Avocado trees do require full sunlight. 

Your budding avocado plant will have serious growth challenges if it gets sufficient sunlight.

It is because avocado plants are indigenous to the warm, sunny regions of Central and South America. To replicate these growth circumstances in your house or yard, they need a great deal of everyday sunshine.

How Many Hours of Sunlight do Avocado Trees Need?

Avocado trees require at least six hours of sunlight or artificial growth lighting to flourish. While light is required for the avocado tree’s health, warmth is required for its growth.

Therefore, avocado trees favor sunny growing zones such as Southern California. Southern California produces 90% of the USA’s avocados because its moderate temperatures and dry environment create an abundance of sunlight.

How Much Sunlight Does an Avocado Tree Need?

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When transplanting or planting a tree, choose a location with full sunlight and decent drainage. Keeping in mind that avocado trees may grow over 40 feet tall, providing your tree with enough room is necessary.

Additionally, shield it from wind and ice. Because avocado trees have a shallow root system, you should minimize planting avocado seeds too deeply in the soil.

In addition to sunshine, greater temperatures can promote growth. Growth will slow when winter temperatures drop to around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). If you desire an indoor potted variant, you should also seek the brightest location possible.

After planting an avocado inside, you may place it on a brighter windowsill till the roots have grown, and the first leaves have appeared.

What Happens When the Avocado Tree Is Denied Enough Sunlight?

Suppose a healthy avocado tree is denied at least six hours of sunshine daily. It is susceptible to slowed development, leaf yellowing, and nutritional deficiencies. It may cause problems with the production of ripe avocado fruit. 

The tree may also lose its leaves, deteriorate, and perish.

Where Does the Avocado Thrive Most?

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Avocado is a plant that thrives in tropical regions, which suggests that it does not withstand cold very well.

In regions where temperatures rarely fall below freezing (Arizona, Southern Florida, Texas, and California), you may grow avocado trees in your garden without worry.

If you want to do so, ensure that you plant in the spring. Thus, your tree will have the necessary vigor to withstand the upcoming winter months and their colder temperatures.

What Other Factors Should You Pay Attention to When Growing an Avocado Tree?


Avocado plants thrive from deep, infrequent irrigation. It promotes deeper, more robust root development. When the soil starts to dry out, water it well. 

During the summer, when high temperatures prevail, and soils may be dry, the avocado tree will need to be watered more often. 

Additionally, young trees need more regular irrigation as they establish themselves. Each week, mature trees should get approximately 2 inches of water.


Avocado plants like a pH range between 6 and 6.5. Raise the tree on a mound to improve drainage in hard clay soil. Make the mound one to two feet tall and three to five feet wide. 

Do not fill the hole with gravel or anything similar to planting media. The earlier the tree’s roots establish themselves in the bulk soil, the better it will do.


Avocados require fertilizers with a greater proportion of nitrogen than phosphorus and potassium.

In addition, the avocado tree requires zinc and boron. Yellow spots on avocado leaves may identify a zinc shortage.

In addition, nitrogen deficiencies may be identified by yellow veins or even pale leaves. It is optional to fertilize a newly planted tree for the first year, but after a year, you may apply one ounce of fertilizer monthly from spring through autumn.

Applying fertilizer in lower dosages helps the shallow roots absorb it more efficiently.

Final Takeaway

Farming is always complex, but selecting the ideal conditions for your plants can allow you to cultivate wonderful fruits and veggies in your garden.

When it comes to avocados, it is much simpler to cultivate them as houseplants. Simply set it near a south- or east-facing window. Outdoor planting might be a little more difficult, but as you can see, it is certainly possible.

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Willow Dunham

Willow Dunham

Hi, my name is Willow Dunham, and I'm an avocado tree grower. I live in Florida with my girlfriend, Jane, and we have a big yard with 5 avocado trees. Avocado has always been one of my favorite foods. I love the taste and how versatile it is.

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