Avocado rootstocks: What do they matter?

Avocado rootstocks: What do they matter?

Rootstocks are mysterious. They do their work hidden, underground. Yet, their influence on the trees above ground is real and measurable. For example, some rootstocks have demonstrated that they can induce the tops to make more than twice as much fruit compared to...
Zutano avocado: a profile

Zutano avocado: a profile

This is my six-minute video profile of the fruit of the avocado variety called Zutano. All of my avocado profiles are HERE All of my Yard Posts are HERE ShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new...
The Holiday avocado tree: a profile

The Holiday avocado tree: a profile

Holiday sounds too good to be true: a dwarf avocado tree that makes large fruit which taste excellent. But it is true . . . kind of. I planted the Holiday in the photo above four years ago because in that spot I wanted a green screen of privacy year-round that was...
Ettinger avocado: a profile

Ettinger avocado: a profile

Enjoy this five-minute video I made about the Ettinger variety of avocado, including its eating qualities compared to other varieties, plus a bit about its origin in Israel and its status in California today. My experience with growing Ettinger trees is still . . ....
How to tell if an avocado is ripe

How to tell if an avocado is ripe

More times than I’d like to admit, I’ve cut open avocados too early or let them ripen on the counter too long. My wife loves to make fun of me for this. I’m particularly prone to doing it with varieties that take forever to ripen, like Pinkerton, or...
Avocado calendar for 2021

Avocado calendar for 2021

Inside this calendar, you’ll find an array of information to help guide the care of an avocado tree throughout the year. For example, I’ve included this watering table: The watering table inside the calendar. You’ll also find a photo for each month...
Where to get avocado scion wood

Where to get avocado scion wood

“I wanted to ask about your avocado tree,” I said. “Everybody wants to pick my avocados!” the man replied. We were standing in his driveway next to an old Fuerte. “I don’t want any avocados, actually,” I said. He looked...
Training young avocado trees

Training young avocado trees

The good news is that even if you don’t train your young avocado tree to the perfect shape, the tree can still ultimately be healthy, balanced, and fruitful. I should know. I’ve got a number of mature avocado trees that perform well but that I wish I had trained...

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