Tips For Growing Avocado

Avocado trees are a delight for the shade they make as well as the avocados themselves. Get a head start growing your tree with these tips.

Of all the plants and trees that have ever grown in my back yard, the avocado tree was one of the prettiest and the fruit it bore most every year was highly enjoyable. Imagine stepping out into your front lawn and actually being able to pick your own avocado right of the tree, just in time for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This highly enjoyable fruit makes every effort to grow this delightful tree worthwhile.

Just like most plants, an avocado tree can be grown from the seed itself. You'll need an area of your yard that has well drained soil, even as far as one to two meters deep for a seed to be strong enough to break it's roots into clay or other types of soil below. You may start out growing indoors during the winter, provided you give the plant ample light. Once spring appears and the last frost has come and gone you can plant your avocado tree in your chosen spot.

Keep your avocado tree away from any other plants you might have. They are very "╦ťselfish', cutting off roots and over growing other plants around them. Since these trees are really densely shaded, it's best to keep away from areas where you might be gardening. You can plant two to three trees in the same spot to save room for other areas of your yard for the rest of your garden.

Your young trees will probably need a good feeding after a year of growth. It's a good habit to try to fertilize your avocado trees four times a year. Try feeding them with real organic fertilizer blended on top and in surrounding nearby soil. If you notices a yellow tint being brought to the leaves, this means there is an iron deficiency and can be easily taken care of. Check your local nursery for a chelated foliar spray and be sure iron is included in the elements listed.

As for troubles with pests, avocado trees attract the rats and squires that will literally strip the fruits. If you're concerned about sharing your crop, you can keep little critters away by adding a tin fence. This is just a simple slice of tin wrapped around the tree to keep little feet unable to cling to it.

Some types of avocado trees will require that you pinch the tree while it is still young to make a good rounded tree. Most others needs no help to get the right form. If you'd like to help your tree grow, you can put a modest fence around the tree for the first three years with a plastic mesh like material.

Your tree, if exposed to too much sun, could get sunburned. An avocado tree is usually quite dense with thick waxy leaves meant to keep the sun out, most major branches and a good part of the trunk should be taken care of naturally. Use whitewash if anything is left exposed to the sun for a good long time, any exposed branches and any part of the trunk that gets direct sunlight for a good part of the day.

Most of the Mexican variety types of avocado trees have ripe fruit in around seven months from when it began to bloom. Other types may take up to twelve to eighteen months. The avocados themselves do not ripen on the tree at all. Instead, you should harvest them when they reach a typical size, depending on the cultivars you have chosen.

Avocados are a highly enjoyable fruit you can enjoy through most of the summer and into early fall. These hardy plants also make for great shady trees, perfect for pleasurable shade through the summer. Take pleasure in your fruits and the shade of your avocado tree.

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