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Avocados are Healthy and Easy to Grow

California avocadosThe Avocado is a delicious and healthful fruit that has more than 80 different varieties. The most popular and easy to grow variety is the Hass avocado; this variety’s original mother tree is still growing in California. The Hass avocado is sometimes referred to as the “alligator pear,” due to its dark green color and rough, wrinkly skin. Avocados have been used as food for centuries. Spanish explorers first discovered the Aztecs eating them on a daily basis, but shunned them as a tasteless food.

It was the Spanish introduced them to the English, who also didn’t consider the fruit very enjoyable. The first avocado groves in America were planted in Florida in 1833, but did not become a commercial crop until more than half a century later. It then took another fifty years before they finally became a popular salad item, and the health benefits
began to be more widely known.


This small fruit is packed with nutrition. It contains:

HassVitamin A – This is important for protecting the immune system as well as keeping the mucous membranes moist so that they remain resistant to cell damage. It protects cells from many types of cancer and helps prevent diseases caused by viruses, such as measles, HIV and respiratory diseases.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C is another great immune system booster and helps all the body’s cells heal. It detoxifies the body and helps to prevent cancer and heart disease. Vitamin C also helps to maintain a healthy digestive system and to lower high cholesterol.

Vitamin E – This vitamin protects the body against free radical damage which can cause cancer and heart disease. Folate – Folate helps the body make new cells, which is particularly important for growing children or pregnant women. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids- These essential fatty acids can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Pam
As a gardener and plant enthusiast I’ve loved growing trees and shrubs my entire life. Unknown to most, there are always new faster fruiting and double blooming plant hybrids emerging on the scene. I often feel the need to share my plant knowledge and new trends with the growing gardening community through my blog!
  • John

    I planted my cold hardy avocado tree in a container. Should I bring it inside when the temperature drops into the ? I’m in LA and that doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. We already had one night like that, but within a day, it was back into the 60’s. Do I bring it in and then put it back out?

    • AllisonTrees

      You’ll only need to bring your tree inside if temperatures consistently drop below 40 degrees. As soon as temperatures rise again you can go ahead and place your tree back outside.

  • David gs

    I bought my avocado tree from yall over 2 yrs ago. Last year, right around the end of September, it started turning black. All the leaves all fell off. There was no hard freeze as we are near Birmingham, Alabama. Any ideas what might have happened? It had grown to about 6 ft tall and had been doing very well till that point.

    • AllisonTrees

      It sounds like it may have gotten a little too much water. Then the tree slowly turns black it’s a sign of root rot from too much moisture in the soil. It’s best to prune off blackened areas of the tree and let it dry out when this happens.

      • Veronica Redenius

        I have had the same thing happen. How far down the trunk can it be pruned?

        • AllisonTrees

          They can be pruned down to about 3 inches or so above the soil line.

  • Glad for help

    I got my avacodo this Spring. The leaves got spots on the, it didn’t look well. I moved it outside a month ago, finally cutting several of the worst ones off out of the dozen there. I has started several new leaves at the top, but they are being eaten by something as they come out?
    Any suggestions?
    I have tried to be careful of the water, not too much, it did get some lovely rain.

    • AllisonTrees

      When you closely examine your tree do you see any visible pests on the branches or in the soil? We recommend spraying your tree with an all natural pesticide to rid of any creepy crawlers. It sounds like our tree is getting adjusted to it’s new home very well! New leaves are a great sign.

      • Glad for help

        What do you recommend? I don’t like poisons so have never bought pesticides.

        • AllisonTrees

          We recommend an all natural organic pesticide like neem oil. There is a large variety of all natural, organic sprays that you can use and find at your local gardening store.

          You can make your own soap and water mixture by adding three table spoons of a gentle soap, like dawn or baby shampoo. Once the water and soap are mixed spray the solution on both the tops and bottoms of the leaves and leave it for about 2 hours, then thoroughly rinse the leaves clean.

          • Glad for help

            Thank you!