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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Hass and Gwen and GEM avocados for sale

Hass and Gwen and GEM avocados for sale

(These are sold out, but Eli’s Farm Stand in Fallbrook has GEM avocados for sale right now.) I’m calling this the “Family Box” because Hass, Gwen, and GEM avocados are all related. And because all three have similar harvest seasons, I can pick...
The GEM avocado tree: a profile

The GEM avocado tree: a profile

“I believe that 15 years from now we’ll be standing here and we’ll be talking GEM. We won’t be talking Hass. People will go, ‘What is Hass?’” said Mary Lu Arpaia to a room of California avocado growers in 2017. Arpaia knows avocado varieties. She has been the director...

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