Reed avocados for sale

Reed avocados for sale

(I’m sorry. These are now sold out.) Here I offer a final, small batch of Reeds that I’ll be harvesting from the Haddon Ranch in Escondido. It’s now late in the Reed season so you’ll experience the height of Reed’s richness. Here is the...
Growing avocado trees from seed

Growing avocado trees from seed

Seeds aren’t trash. The best avocado varieties in the world have all come from someone planting a seed. Gwen, Fuerte, Hass, Nabal, Reed, etc. They all came from seeds — seeds that someone allowed to grow. Maybe you want to try your luck and see if a seed...
Citrus, ants, and HLB: the latest research

Citrus, ants, and HLB: the latest research

Yesterday, I attended a citrus pest management field day at Rancho Guejito put on by the University of California. The focus was on the disease Huanglongbing (HLB) and ants. I’ve attended many similar lectures and research updates on these topics over...
Reed and Lamb avocados for sale

Reed and Lamb avocados for sale

I’ve got a mixed box of the best summer avocados in California for you, and they’re from my own trees! With one of these boxes you’ll get to taste Reeds and Lambs side by side. Which do you want to grow in your yard? Will you love them both? Here is...
Grafting onto citrus rootstock suckers

Grafting onto citrus rootstock suckers

Citrus trees often shoot up branches from down low on the trunk. If low enough — below the graft union — then these “suckers” are from the rootstock. In a sense, these are dangerous, and it’s important to remove them immediately. See...
Why no avocados on your tree?

Why no avocados on your tree?

In July it becomes evident whether your avocado tree will have a crop to eat next year. Do you see small avocados on the tree now? Do you see many? If your answer to either question is no, then this post should give you a clue as to why not. If you have an...
Managing alternate bearing in avocado trees

Managing alternate bearing in avocado trees

Would you rather have 50 avocados from a tree every year or 100 avocados every other year? By nature, individual avocado trees do not bear the same amount of fruit every year, year after year. Their crop load fluctuates, and it fluctuates for many reasons. I know of...
Captain Bucklew’s California mango trees

Captain Bucklew’s California mango trees

Captain L. L. Bucklew began planting mango trees in Encinitas, San Diego County, before World War II. By 1956, he was up to 172 trees. Bucklew’s grove was the first commercial planting of mangos in California, and today, fourteen of these historic trees are still...
How avocado trees flower

How avocado trees flower

Bloom season is the most exciting for me when it comes to avocados. First, I look at the buds on the branches of trees to try to predict how many will become flowers. Then I observe the bees and flies visiting the flowers. Are there enough? Are the flowers getting...

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