Which avocado fruitlets should you remove?

Which avocado fruitlets should you remove?

At times an avocado tree will set more fruit than it can grow to maturity without negative consequences. The tree might be too small such that carrying much fruit will stunt its growth, or the fruitlets might be too numerous on a single branch such that it will bend...
Bacon and Fuerte avocados for sale

Bacon and Fuerte avocados for sale

That’s a group of winter avocados with an early-picked Hass. Today, I can offer two of the winter varieties: Bacon and Fuerte. Order a mixed box or one filled with just Fuerte. Here are the order pages: Mixed or Fuerte only. Bacon These avocados are named after...
Day avocado: a profile

Day avocado: a profile

Enjoy this video profile of an avocado variety that comes from Florida and is rarely grown in California. Here the fruit matures early, even earlier than Fuerte. In Israel, the Day variety has been found to be a good rootstock in some situations. I present the Day...
Fuerte avocados for sale

Fuerte avocados for sale

Let’s start 2023 off right with a harvest of one of the finest avocados of all time: Fuerte. I had thought of waiting another week to pick, but after I tasted the beauty pictured above and it contained every bit of flavor you could hope for, I could not delay....
Avocados for sale, 2023

Avocados for sale, 2023

Thank you to everyone who ordered avocados in 2022. It was a joy to share with you different varieties and to connect you to the farmers throughout Southern California who grew them. For 2023, I’m predicting the following harvest schedule: January: Fuerte,...
Tools for pruning fruit trees

Tools for pruning fruit trees

My son and I were pruning our macadamia nut tree when his loppers couldn’t cut through a branch. I saw that they were undersized for the branch. “Don’t force it,” I said. “If it feels like you have to use a lot of strength, it means you...
Meet Frank Meyer, of the Meyer lemon

Meet Frank Meyer, of the Meyer lemon

I spotted this sign in a Starbucks the other day, featuring a coffee that is claimed to have Meyer lemon in its flavor profile, and I wondered how that would make Frank Meyer feel. Initially, he might shake his head because he clearly requested that no plant be named...
When to pick oranges and tangerines

When to pick oranges and tangerines

A friend asked me how to know when to pick the tangerines from his tree. My first thought was, it’s obvious, you pick them when they taste good. But then I remembered thatĀ for some people gardening is full of rights and wrongs; he was afraid there was a correct...
What happened to the Gwen avocado?

What happened to the Gwen avocado?

In 1984, a new avocado variety was patented by the University of California and released to growers. It was called Gwen, and it showed great promise.  Gwen was estimated to produce approximately double the amount of fruit per acre compared to Hass, the standard...

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