The Holiday avocado tree: a profile

The Holiday avocado tree: a profile

Holiday sounds too good to be true: a dwarf avocado tree that makes large fruit which taste excellent. But it is true . . . kind of. I planted the Holiday in the photo above four years ago because in that spot I wanted a green screen of privacy year-round that was...
Ettinger avocado: a profile

Ettinger avocado: a profile

Enjoy this five-minute video I made about the Ettinger variety of avocado, including its eating qualities compared to other varieties, plus a bit about its origin in Israel and its status in California today. My experience with growing Ettinger trees is still . . ....
Saving the Parent Washington Navel orange tree

Saving the Parent Washington Navel orange tree

We were on the corner of Arlington and Magnolia in Riverside, looking at some citrus trees surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. It was 2012, I was with a group of Master Gardener trainees, and our guide started telling us the story of one of the trees. The tree was, at...
How to tell if an avocado is ripe

How to tell if an avocado is ripe

More times than I’d like to admit, I’ve cut open avocados too early or let them ripen on the counter too long. My wife loves to make fun of me for this. I’m particularly prone to doing it with varieties that take forever to ripen, like Pinkerton, or...
Avocado calendar for 2021

Avocado calendar for 2021

Inside this calendar, you’ll find an array of information to help guide the care of an avocado tree throughout the year. For example, I’ve included this watering table: The watering table inside the calendar. You’ll also find a photo for each month...
How I open a pomegranate

How I open a pomegranate

My first memory of eating fruit involves being at the pomegranate tree and my mom saying something about red juice stains all over my shirt. I don’t recall how I opened that fruit, but here is how I open pomegranates today for my kids. First, score the peel in a...
Where to get avocado scion wood

Where to get avocado scion wood

“I wanted to ask about your avocado tree,” I said. “Everybody wants to pick my avocados!” the man replied. We were standing in his driveway next to an old Fuerte. “I don’t want any avocados, actually,” I said. He looked...
Fruit trees can bloom after stress

Fruit trees can bloom after stress

Aren’t fruit trees supposed to bloom in spring? Then why do some of mine have flowers here in October? My pluot trees have a few flowers (those on Flavor King pictured above). Also with a few flowers are my Pink Lady apple, Fan-stil pear, and Blenheim apricot. ...
Training young avocado trees

Training young avocado trees

The good news is that even if you don’t train your young avocado tree to the perfect shape, the tree can still ultimately be healthy, balanced, and fruitful. I should know. I’ve got a number of mature avocado trees that perform well but that I wish I had trained...

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