Heat tolerance of avocado varieties

Heat tolerance of avocado varieties

When you see comparisons between avocado varieties, often discussed are the flower type, size of the tree and its fruit, peel color, and cold sensitivity. Rarely, however, do you get a clue as to a variety’s sensitivity to heat. (See, for example, Table 5 on page 30...
Thank you, Floyd Zaiger

Thank you, Floyd Zaiger

I never met the man, but Floyd Zaiger made my yard taste better. I grow some of his apriums, like Cot-N-Candy. Cot-N-Candy aprium. I’ve got a tree of his nectaplum, SpiceZee. SpiceZee nectaplums. I’ve got his cherry for warm-winter places like Southern California,...
The Hass avocado tree: a profile

The Hass avocado tree: a profile

Everybody wants to beat Hass. The world over, breeders are looking for that golden ticket: to create a new avocado variety that has a combination of characteristics superior to Hass. There are some contenders. Who will eventually knock King Hass from the throne? This...
How to harvest avocados

How to harvest avocados

The main question is: Should you just pull the avocados off the tree, or should you carefully clip the stems when you harvest avocados? Let me tell you what I do and explain why. Harvesting avocados by hand Whether my feet are on the ground or I’ve climbed up into a...
Will avocado fruitset in 2020 be like 1965?

Will avocado fruitset in 2020 be like 1965?

I miss Bob Bergh. If you want to learn about avocado flowering and pollination, read everything that this longtime University of California researcher wrote. His studies were creative and useful, and his reporting was honest and skeptical. In short, you can apply...
Avocado variety profiles

Avocado variety profiles

Wondering which kind of avocado tree to plant in your yard? It can be hard to find reliable, concrete information that will help you choose a variety. So over the last few years I’ve written a number of posts and made some videos profiling different avocado varieties...
The Gold Nugget mandarin tree: a profile

The Gold Nugget mandarin tree: a profile

“If I only had one citrus tree to live on for my entire life, this is it,” said our guide through the collection of about 1,000 varieties of citrus selected from around the world. That’s quite a claim. But, coming from Ottillia “Toots” Bier, we would be wise to...
Painting the trunks of fruit trees

Painting the trunks of fruit trees

I planted this pluot tree for my grandma a few weeks ago and made sure to paint its trunk to protect it from the sun; I hadn’t so protected a pluot tree that I planted for my mom eight years ago and look what happened. Pluot tree with sunburned trunk. I’ve seen a lot...
The Fuerte avocado tree: a profile

The Fuerte avocado tree: a profile

I was speaking with an avocado farmer from South Africa, and he asked me about my favorite avocados to eat. That’s hard to answer, I started. But I told him that recently I’d had some Kahalu’u and Jan Boyce avocados that were very good. I turned it back to him,...

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