Avocados are a super fruit that’s on the rise. More and more recipes are using them. You can use them for salads, sandwiches and dips like guacamole. Avocados can even be used in breakfast dishes or desserts. With all of these new avocado trends– to keep up with buying enough avocados can be expensive. Luckily growing your own avocados is an easy and rewarding experience.

In order to make sure that you always have healthy avocados for cooking we’ve put together a quick list of helpful tips to ensure optimal avocado growth and health for your avocado trees.

1. Place your avocado tree in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Avocado trees perform best if they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

2. If you keep your avocado tree indoors place it by a large sunny window. Southward facing areas of the home generally receive the most sunlight.

3. To increase the humidity in the air for your avocado tree take a spray bottle and mist the leaves with it. You can do this up to two times daily.

iStock_000023507975Medium4. Avocado trees enjoy staying dry. Don’t over water them. Check your soil every few days, once it’s dry about two inches down below the surface it’s time to give your trees more water.

5. Trees that are planted in containers often need water more frequently than trees planted in the ground.

6. Give your trees a slow deep watering by putting a hose at their bases and counting to 20 seconds or until you see water coming out from the bottom of their pots.

7. Wait until your avocado trees have experienced one year of growth before fertilizing them. After waiting a year fertilize them four times a year with a well-balanced citrus fertilizer.

8. Avocado trees are very sensitive and drop their leaves at the first sign of trouble. Even a cold draft from an air vent will cause them to shed their leaves. Don’t let this alarm you. It’s normal.

Your avocados will be ready to be picked when their skin fully turns a purple to black color. They ripen off the tree and generally need to sit for 3 weeks until they’re slightly soft to the touch before being eaten. By growing your own avocados your recipes will never have to be without them again.



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  • doug coniber

    do you sell elephant plants?

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  • Alex Parsons

    do you have any tips on getting this tree to bloom?

    • AllisonTrees

      Make sure it has enough sunlight, at least 6 hours a day. Mine is by two large windows right now. I mist it from time to time with a spray bottle to give it more humidity and that seemed to help it along. I can see a lot of leaf and flower buds forming.

    • Darren Davis

      Use a citrus fertilizer, they usually do not bloom till around 7 yrs of age.

  • Charlie

    I bought my Cold Hardy Avocado tree 6 months ago, it hasn’t started producing fruit yet. Is there a timeline for when I should expect this?

    • reb

      I read that it takes a few years??

      • AllisonTrees

        Our trees are grafted, meaning they generally produce fruit within the first 2 years.

    • GG

      Mine fruited 1st summer. I removed the fruit so the tree would focus it’s energy on growing. Now it will be able to handle more fruit this coming season.

    • AllisonTrees

      Depending on your tree’s size you should see fruit within the first two years. I planted a 3-4ft tree towards the end of summer and it’s growing flower buds right now. However, I’m in warm South Carolina and we’ve had temperatures near the 70’s this week. Once it warms up you should see some blooms.

  • gary rummwrfield

    Purchased 3 Clementine orange trees. When they produced the oranges have at least 3 seeds per slice.can you maybe tell me why?

    • AllisonTrees

      A clementine is a hybrid between a mandarin and sweet orange tree, and can be pollinated by a few different types of orange trees. Your tree may have been pollinated by another orange tree in the neighborhood. However, since these trees are hybrids and have to be created by cross pollinating a madarin and an orange tree sometimes a few different genes can cross, its common for clementines to have seeds sometimes.

  • HC

    I purchased both Cold hardy and Hass Avocado 8 months ago. I planted those in large pots, none produce any new leaves since I got them and now no leaves on either one of them. Are those 2 plants dying or what I need to do to help them start their growth??

    • AllisonTrees

      Is your tree inside? This may be a factor. My tree is currently inside and has lost all of it’s leaves. Sometimes the transition from outdoors to indoors can cause leaf drop. However, I can see that my tree is forming a lot of small leaf and flower buds that can be easy to miss. Sometimes avocado trees drop their leaves to save energy for their new blooms and leaf buds. I don’t think your trees are dying, just transitioning and preparing to bloom.

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