If you are thinking of growing avocado trees in your garden, whether from seeds or purchasing a young tree, you need to know how to care for avocado plants.
When well cared for, avocado plants can produce creamy and delicious fruits and healthy green trees. While many people grow the plant for its fruits, it can retain lush green leaves all year round, creating a vibrant evergreen look in gardens and yards.
In this article, we will look at tips for caring for avocado plants to produce healthy plants and delicious fruits.
How to Care for Avocado Plants
Choose the Right Soil
Avocado plants can do well in various soils, but most avocado varieties prefer sandy, loamy, and well-draining soils. Note that the soil should be slightly acidic or neutral with a PH of between five and seven.
Avocado plants need frequent watering, especially when young. Water the plant deeply, but allow the topsoil to dry completely before the next watering.
During the months of summer, when there are dry periods and hot sun, water consistently to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged as this might cause root rot.
Give Enough Light
Avocados are tropical plants, which means they thrive well under a lot of light exposure. Plant your tree where it can receive 8 hours of sun exposure daily. Though they can thrive under partial shade, they thrive well and produce healthy fruits in full sunlight.
Fertilize your avocado plant during the growing period to promote healthy growth and more fruit production. Use balanced, slow-release fertilizer that contains micronutrients. Apply fertilizer in spring, summer, and early fall.
Choose a fertilizer that is high in Nitrogen to encourage healthy leaf growth.
Prune your Avocado Plant
Pruning an avocado plant is important to encourage a strong, open canopy and air circulation. However, avoid over-pruning, especially when they are producing fruits. Prune to remove damaged and dead branches.
Prune your avocado plant in late winter or early spring before the new growth begins.
Protect your Plant from Cold
If you live in areas with occasional frost, protect young avocado trees from cold temperatures. You can cover them with blankets or frostcloth. Mature avocado trees are more hardy to cold, but you can protect them during severe colds.
Protect your Plants from Pests and Diseases
Avocado plants are susceptible to pests like aphids, mites, and scale insects. If you notice pests, treat them with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
Also, keep an eye on diseases like root rot and sunburn. Root rot is mainly caused by excessive watering. Signs of root rot include pale leaves and brown leaf tips.
Signs of sunburn include yellow leaves, purplish and cracked branches. The yellow leaves eventually turn brown and dry out.
Do You Need Two Avocado Trees to Produce Fruit?
You do not necessarily need two avocado trees to produce fruit, but having two trees can increase the likelihood of successful pollination and fruit production. So, for high yields and quality fruits, plant both A-type and B-type avocado trees close to each other.
However, some avocado varieties like Hass and Bacon are self-fertile and thus don’t need another plant nearby to produce fruits.
How Many Times Do Avocado Trees Produce Fruit?
Avocado trees can produce fruits several times a year. However, the frequency is determined by factors like age. For instance, young avocado trees take 3 to 5 years to mature and produce fruits. So, the production will be inconsistent. However, mature avocado trees can produce fruits many times a year.
How Tall Do Avocado Trees Grow?
Although the height of an avocado tree varies depending on the species, growing, and age, avocado trees can reach up to 20 to 40 feet or more.
Caring for avocado plants involves providing the right growing conditions, like choosing the right soil, regular watering, and protection from pests and diseases, among others.
However, it’s good to know that each avocado species is unique; thus, the care routine might be different. Otherwise, with proper care, avocado trees will thrive healthy and bear high-quality fruits.
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