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Comment by diana Z9 Houston, Texas on October 7, 2010 at 3:06pm
some avocado take years to produce. Its just like bananna trees, it takes 13 months of temps above 80 to produce the flower. I have had an avocado tree for years and has never produced. It does not need a mate and it does well in our temps including short freezes. They do make pretty green trees.
Comment by patricia jean hartman on October 6, 2010 at 4:43pm
Bob, Thanks for sharing the info, no unfortunately I haven't gotten any blossoms. I think I just have a pretty tree. I was told they have to be at least 3 before they bear any fruit, she is 3 now.I don't think i'll put her in the ground next year becase she'll get to tall for my house. lol Thanks again I'll keep you posted if anything happens. Patricia
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on October 6, 2010 at 3:15pm
Paula, you may already have read this but if you "mulch" the leaves especially before adding them to the bed, you'll bump up the chance of having the garden ready by spring. Leaves will sometimes just layer and be a wet mass. An easy way to mulch them is to fill a 50 gallon trash barrel about one third full and then "mulch" the leaves using a weed-wacker much like an immersion blender. Running them under a mower is another option but I've found the barrel/wacker method work very well. Cheers!
Comment by Paula Allen Zone 5 on October 6, 2010 at 3:03pm
IM trying the lasgna gardning. We had so many leaves and pine needles my compost bins are full so instead of leaving it for trash pick up I picked out a space. If it is not ready by spring I will place the square food garden beds on top. If it is ready I will steak out grids and give it a try.
Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on October 5, 2010 at 6:16pm
Patricia, did you just say you have not yet had fruit on your tree? Have you had blossoms? You may already know this, but getting fruit from a blossom is not a sure thing under many circumstances. The avocado is one of those that does things in stages; stage I, the first opening or female stage when
the stigma is receptive, and stage II, the second opening or male stage when pollen is shed. The problem can be that this generally happens at different times of the day and the window for exchange can be very narrow without manual pollination. And even then, the amount of fruit will be a lot less than those that are pollinated by bees...and of course having bees around to begin with and perhaps more than one tree can up the chances as well. And, as you suggest (I think,) there is a juvenile period where trees may not produce flowers at all and that time period is largely dependant on the growing environment.

Manually pollinating a large/tall tree can also be an issue.

Well, in any case, best of luck with it and if nothing more than a great plant, you've done very well. :)
Comment by patricia jean hartman on October 5, 2010 at 5:37pm
Everything I found out is well,, I'll be lucky if I ever get any, but they are at least 3 years old. Mine is 3 and 1/2 so I'm waiting. :))
Comment by patricia jean hartman on October 5, 2010 at 3:53pm
Leilani, I don't think I can let her get any taller. I'm not sure what I'm gona do with her. lol
Comment by Paula Allen Zone 5 on October 5, 2010 at 2:58pm
what last comment?
Comment by Mickalyn Crawford Zone 5 on October 5, 2010 at 12:49pm
Park seed company has orange bell pepper seeds as well as other colors.
Comment by patricia jean hartman on October 5, 2010 at 10:51am
I brought my avocoda tree in for the winter, look how big she got!!

 

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