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,...
GEM avocado trees pollenized by a Bacon

GEM avocado trees pollenized by a Bacon

Most avocado trees make plenty of fruit without other types of avocado trees nearby — when the weather is good. But the spring of 2023 was cool, and that is not good for pollination. (The photo above shows GEM avocado trees flowering during yet another foggy day...
Heavy bloom hastens avocado maturity

Heavy bloom hastens avocado maturity

In the spring of 2023, many avocado trees throughout California had a superbloom. During that period I watched the avocados on trees with lots of flowers mature rapidly alongside the emerging flowers and even start dropping to the ground in some cases. For example,...
Thille avocado: a profile

Thille avocado: a profile

Thille is the low-pro link between numerous famous avocado varieties. Even though Thille trees barely exist anymore, and not many were grown in the first place, it is the daughter of Hass, the mother of Gwen, and the grandmother of Lamb, GEM, and the new Luna. So the...
The Hass Family of avocados

The Hass Family of avocados

If avocados have a royal family, this is it: Hass and its heirs. Take a look at the family’s most prominent members, as well as some lesser known relatives. Where and when were they born? Who first grew them? Is there a next generation on the way? I hope you...

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