Best resource for growing avocados

While there isn’t a great single resource for growing avocados at home, the best of what’s available is a handbook written for commercial farmers that is edited by Gary Bender, former farm advisor in San Diego County. He taught my Master Gardener class on...

Heat tolerance of avocado varieties

When you see comparisons between avocado varieties, you see the taste discussed, the size of the tree and fruit, whether it’s an A or B flower type, and how sensitive to cold a particular variety is. Less often do you hear about a variety’s sensitivity to...

Mexican avocados suck

This is the last avocado from Mexico that I will ever buy. This is one too many rotten Mexican avocados that I have bought over the years, and I’m vowing to myself that I will never pay another dollar for one of these carelessly harvested and handled pieces of...

Eating seasons of my avocados

My aim has always been to have the entire year covered. And since avocados, like many fruit trees, produce more in alternate years I’ve sought to have two varieties that are best-eating for each season (in case one is having an “off” year). For...

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