From any individual retail outlet, the price of a fifteen-gallon avocado tree tends to be three or four times as much as that of a five-gallon. For example, in the photos of price tags above, a five-gallon costs $36 whereas a fifteen-gallon costs $130.
This fifteen-gallon Nimlioh, on the other hand, was a pain in the back, literally. I was knowledgeable enough to do the planting correctly, but due to the weight and awkward balancing needed, I strained my back in the process.
The problem is that a big avocado tree has spent many years growing vertically, surrounded by many other avocado trees in a nursery. This makes it unnaturally top heavy. Adding salt to the wound, the big avocado tree has spent its entire life tied to a stake for support.
Staking a big avocado tree usually requires large, strong stakes, many adjustments over the course of a couple years, and eventually it is often necessary to do some pruning in order to get the tree to stand on its own in a balanced manner, especially if your yard is subject to high winds.
Roughly, a fifteen-gallon avocado tree is one or two years ahead of a five-gallon. A five-gallon tree usually takes three or four years to set its first real crop (at least a handful of avocados), but a fifteen-gallon tree can set a real crop after being in the ground for only one or two years.
The most challenging obstacle with either might be having patience. For encouragement there, see this Hass tree in my yard that was planted in summer 2013 from a five-gallon container (read: small tree).
hi there! I have recently purchased a Little Cado and am wondering about the veracity of the claim that it has both A and B flowers. Regardless, if another variety of avocado would improve fruiting, what semi-dwarf would you suggest We have limited space to work with.
Hi Greg, I just came across your page and love it! Duck a wealth of information.I grew up in SoCal and always loved the avocado farms up in Fallbrook. But now I live in SW Florida on the gulf coast. Can you tell me what type of avocados might grow well in this climate I hate those things they call Florida avocados here (big giant tasteless things that resemble avocados slightly).Thanks so much,Joe
Thanks Greg!I am fine with not much fruit from the potted one, but if I put the potted one in the back yard of a small lot (6000 sq ft) will it be close enough to the large tree in the front yard for that one to be pollinated & bear fruitAlso do you know of an arborist near Carlsbad to trim the large (40-50ft) avocado tree in my front yard
I am not sure if there is a way to maybe send you some photos of what the tree looked like when we first got it planted to what it looks now after about 3-4 months for a better idea but we would definitely appreciate any thoughts, tips and advice you may have. Thank you in advance for your time and help!
Thank you for clarifying the type of avocado tree we have. I have read some of your other posts so it is helpful to know that this fruit stays green instead of turning darker like Hass and other avocados. I also appreciate you calming my nerves about making a mistake with watering or time of planting. I will keep an eye on the tree going into March/April to see if there is any growth.
Hi Lisa,Does your yard get below 30 degrees often in winter Does it ever get below 25 degrees Small avocado trees can be killed in temperatures below about 25-28, and large avocado trees sustain a lot of damage at temperatures much below about 25.
Ideally in such a situation, plant on something of a mound where your mound is composed of the native clayey soil mixed with a lighter soil or compost (or both), and again, the interface between the mound and the native soil below is not abrupt but graduated a bit.
Hi Greg,I live in Fresno, CA, new to the area, and just purchased a 15 gal Fuerte to put in our basic sized front yard. What would be a good choice of Type A to pair it with How far is to far to plant from each other Do you know of any big nurseries up around the Central Valley/Northern to purchase from I really would like to purchase a 15 gal if possible. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you, Cheri
As far as maximizing cross pollination, the canopies of the two trees should be touching. So think about how big you want the trees to get. For example, I have planted pairs 7.5 feet apart, planning for them to eventually make a single tree unit that is about 15 feet wide. Their canopies started to touch after about four years in the ground.
You could do either of those planting options. It would just be a matter of pruning properly going forward in order to prevent one tree from crowding the other. And yes, you can even do three trees in one hole.
I would rather manage two or three avocados in proximity than an avocado beside a citrus just because the needs of the two tree types are a little different, but I have avocados growing very close to citrus trees in my yard and it works out fine.
I wanted to ask if you think I can grow an avocado tree given my clay soil, north facing back yard in Orinda, CA. While it is in Zone 9b, I suspect it probably fits the microclimate of zone 8. It gets weak sun the in morning and by 4PM in the winter time, there is no more sun at all. The yard is surrounded by tall trees on all side. I think I am thinking about cutting the trees or thinning the surrounding trees. If you think a certain variety may be hardy with some shade and colder temps, please let me know
Hi GregHope you are staying safe. I dug up a non productive apricot tree. Now I want to plant something edible. Already have peaches, oranges, limes and lemons. Any suggestions Thinking of an Oroblanco grapefruit no apples please or something else that I would keep to 8-9 ft.Thank you and be well,Dan
I live in Poway and the soil in my area is awful so I planted my GEM and Reed avocados in large containers 45 gallon. They are each about 6-7 ft tall and very lush. Do you know of anyone who successfully got fruit from container avocados I transplanted a Fuerte from a 5 gallon to a 23 gallon container and it does not look happy. Is there something to give them to improve fruit set Last year my Reed had 7-8 fruitlets and they all fell off the tree on the same day. Had one GEM avocado grow to harvest, it was so good. Advice
Hi Greg,As you know we are planting the new avos in Del Mar. Do you think we need to put shade cloth up for sun protection or is that overkill And yes paint the trunk whiteThanks so much for all your adviceDan
Happy Memorial DayNew trees planted in one hole three days ago. The soil is very sandy and drains fast. The leaves look a little droopy but that may be normal We did put up a sun shade as it really bakes there in the afternoon. Question is about watering. Everyday or every other for the first week or so Will the leaves perk up They are 2-3 feet tall right now.ThxDan
Every other day for the first week or two is frequent enough in your climate right by the beach and lagoon, and giving the whole planting around three or four gallons each time should be sufficient for trees of that size, just like Matt suggested. (Thanks, Matt!)
If you want to keep your oaks I would not let any water get near their root system in the summer. The quickest way to kill an oak in California is to plant a lawn under it. Native trees are adjusted to summer dry spells in CA.
I live in Hemet Ca and recently planted a Reed, Sir Prize, Carmen Hass and a Queen. At my previous house approximately a quarter mile away my littlecado did gangbusters after maturing enough to handle the slightly colder than should be for a avocado dec/jan of Hemet. I will likely heat lamp and cover on those very cold nights, any other suggestions. I was thinking about adding a Jan Boyce and Nabal to the mix. I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you have much experience with the Queen
I would slightly incline toward Jan Boyce because it seems to produce better in most locations. If you already get good production from another B-type avocado, then you might get good production from Sharwil. Otherwise, Jan Boyce would be a safer bet in terms of reliable fruit production.
Great to hear from you in Portugal! High winds do blow some old leaves off and blow away some of the leaf mulch from under trees, but that is not what most people are concerned about. Last week in Southern California we had winds up to about 60 mph in some avocado groves, and the main problem was fruit being blown off. I saw photos of groves where one-third of the fruit had been knocked off.
We have a nice variety here that can stand the wind well, the Arbutus Unedo, I believe you know them as strawberry tree. It a very hardy shrub/tree that grows well in our climate with very little water. I planted a few rows of them hoping also the fruits will attract bees and other pollinators.
Avocados are truly one of the best foods out there for your body! Avocados are full of good fats, known as monounsaturated fats, which help keep you full and protects against heart disease. There are so many wonderful uses of avocados too: guacamole obviously, avocado toast, milkshakes, slices on your salad, as an oil, the possibilities are endless!
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