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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:33 pm 
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Shame the back of my chookpen is already shaded out, or I'd bung one of the 2 I'm yet to plant in there. Sounds like a great tree Fittzy.


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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:56 pm 
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Some new growth on my Fuerte - weird time of season for it to occur :dunno:


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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:06 pm 
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Nice CD, my avo has lots of new growth as well, so does my sapote tree.

There's no better time to be growing avos....:) I bought one the other day, $3.99 each. I figured this was because Tonly Ales fruit and veg is not the cheapest but you get really good quality. But I was down at IGA last night and they were the same price, $3.99 each :shock: and not even that big..

Still I expect that this will all change soon, at least here in W.A.. People have been planting acres and acres of avos in the south west. I just read an article in the paper today about how our apple crop isn't that great this year, probably down about 15%. And the farmer being interviewed said that he was pulling out his apple trees to put in avacados.. So soon we will be suffering from a glut of avos, then they will be ripping them out to put something else in.... :dunno:

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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:25 am 
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Yeah, $3.99 is pretty steep for a single piece of fruit - jeez.

Yep, sounds like avos will go through a fad stage in the foreseeable future.

Don't know if avocado tree wood is good for anything do we ?? Where's Burnsy when you need him ?

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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:02 pm 
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I guess the one good thing is that they should come right down in price in a few years when there's a glut.

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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:21 pm 
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I have a Wurtz its my second one the first died.
They love heaps of water but not too much its a real balancing act.
They love mulch especially cow manure.
They hate wind.
My first one died of thirst.
My friend down the road lost 4 or 5 due to root rot from over watering.


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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:53 pm 
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My two huge trees out the back are still just holding on...... I'm going to have to cut them down I think, they haven;t produced a fruit in a few years now. Every year I think they are coming back, but then go downhill again.

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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 2:13 pm 
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Is it root rot?

I have given needles of fungicide to my mates Avocados to stop root rot it seems pretty effective,quite expensive though.


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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:24 am 
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About old avo trees, they respond well to chainsaw pruning, even really old trees can be cutdown to a meter high and they shoot up fresh and strong.
This is avocado country around here and many of the orchardists will cut down whole rows, then next year do a couple more, prolly no production for a couple of years

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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:59 am 
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My avocados will soon have been in for 2 years. Have 2 hass, one edranol and one fuerte. I have given them little care or attention, meaning the growth has been limited. The hass in particular were slow to establish. One of them - must confirm which but I think it is the edranol - is 2 to 3 times the size of the next biggest (the fuerte I think) and I am quite happy with. It is over 6 foot tall and I expect it to really hit its straps in terms of growth rate this season. I reckon difference in growth is down to my care and attention as much as anything. The biggest was planted into an old garden bed. Two of the others were planted basically in the lawn. I also left them in the pot too long while trying to decide where to plant them all.

Anyway, with fingers crossed I'd be thinking I might be in a position to leave a couple of fruit on at least the biggest of them next season, before expecting a bigger crop the following. A couple of them, including the biggest, flowered and fruited this year (hundreds of little fruit) but none grew bigger than a ball bearing. Even if they had I would have removed them as the trees just aren't ready for that yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:13 am 
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I had been contemplating getting a avocado tree for my suburban backyard but reading this thread and Daly's web-site it seems it's best to have 2. 1 from "A" group and 1 from "B" group to increase yields.

Would there be such a thing as avocados grafted onto dwarf root stock?

And failing that what would stop a person from planting two normal sized avocados in the same hole?
Surely the root competition would stunt both trees to dwarf dimensions and save space.
The only question is would this type of dwarfing delay the maturity/fruiting of both trees?


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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:52 am 
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Hey Daffy

I haven't seen any avos on dwarf stock for sale, but then haven't really looked. A quick internet search would tell for sure.

I see no reason though why the tree size can't be controlled through pruning. As for having 2 trees in one hole, I'd not recommend. You'd be better of grafting an A (or B) onto the root stock of an avo that has the opposite already grafted.


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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:07 pm 
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As I wrote above avos can be pruned heavily, yearly.

Orchards prune every couple years

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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:11 pm 
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Hey Daffy, if you can find a wurtz avocado they are the closest thing to a dwarf stock, not a vigorous tree at all, good for backyard

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 Post subject: Re: Avocados
PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:40 pm 
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Thanks for the info. Bushy!

Do you know if Wurtz needs another tree from a different group?


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