Results of girdling non-Hass avocado trees

Results of girdling non-Hass avocado trees

In the fall of 2023, I girdled four avocado trees beyond the Hass that I usually girdle. The response from my Hass tree to girdling has been consistent and predictable, but the responses from these other varieties was variable. The Hellen and Lamb trees flowered...
Cadway avocado fruit: a profile

Cadway avocado fruit: a profile

Rick Cadway hit the jackpot. In 2005, he planted a seed from a typical Hass avocado that he bought at Costco and it grew into a tree that makes world-class fruit. This is not what usually happens. Usually, when you grow an avocado tree from a seed you get a tree that...
Who pollinates avocado flowers?

Who pollinates avocado flowers?

That’s a tarantula hawk feeding on a flower of my Edranol avocado tree. I watched it work that tree for five minutes, then fly to a Fuerte twenty feet away, and then come back to visit the Edranol flowers again. Ten minutes later, I found the tarantula hawk crawling...
All about avocado pollination

All about avocado pollination

My avocado trees are in bloom. I can’t help but meander the yard at every chance to see which trees have male or female flowers, to identify insects that are visiting the flowers, to check for fruitlets forming, and so on. It’s a show with new episodes arriving daily....
Can you mulch avocado trees too much?

Can you mulch avocado trees too much?

Can you mulch avocado trees too much? I’m sure you can, but I’ve never seen such a thing. And I’ve seen trees surrounded by deeeeeeep wood chips, like these on John Schoustra’s farm in Somis, Ventura County: The evidence of the beautiful leaves...
Carmen avocado tree: a profile

Carmen avocado tree: a profile

Last October, I had the chance to visit the oldest Carmen avocado tree in the USA, and I thought I would come away with a better understanding of the variety. The tree had a metal USDA tag still attached to it, from when it was held in quarantine after the budwood had...
Avocados have brown skin? Here’s why

Avocados have brown skin? Here’s why

The spring of 2023 in California was abnormally cool, making avocado thrips abnormally populous. Thrips are tiny insects that chew on avocado fruit as the fruit is small, and this chewing becomes brown scarring. The thrips damage can result in large patches that some...
How Brad grew his avocado grove

How Brad grew his avocado grove

You and I, we go to the nursery and buy our avocado trees. Not Brad. He is so well-rounded in avocado growing skills and knowledge that he has developed a new grove of hundreds of avocado trees from scratch. Starting from seed Brad planted over 200 avocado seeds,...

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