Avocado Trees 

These awesome fruit trees can be grown indoors or outdoors. For indoor growing pinch back to keep plants tight or grow the Little Cado. We sell READY TO FRUIT or fruit bearing trees. Prices listed are for mature ready to fruit #5 nursery pots, big plants, but not huge. We also have huge sizes for certain varieties. You will not be waiting 1 or 3 years for some little sapling to start making fruit. 

Grow your own Avocados in a hot sunny planter bed or in a large container.  The Little Cado is perfect for small areas. Avocados are among the most tasty nutritious fruits that you can grow, and fresher is better. All the rage for the Don Gillogly Avocado tree. This is a great plant for indoor growing in any place where a green thumb is present.

 

 

Avocado Fruit and Flowering

Getting Avocado trees to develop fruit is a little more complicated than some other fruit trees. In short you need to plant an A and B variety. If you live an area where there are numerous other Avocado trees in other yards this may not be necessary. However don't be surprised if results are poor, since your neighbors may have mostly planted the same popular variety as you. - Chris   

Avocado varieties and flowering types.
"A" Varieties
"B" Varieties
Hass
Bacon
Gwen
Ettinger
Lamb Hass
Fuerte
Pinkerton
Sharwil
Reed
Sir Prize
GEM
Walter Hole
Harvest
Zutano
.
Marvel
.
Nobel

THE FLOWER

Avocado productivity is influenced by many factors and involves many steps.
The avocado’s flowering behavior is unusual in many ways. The mature tree can produce in excess of a million flowers during the flowering period. The flowers occur in panicles of several dozens or hundreds of flowers. There are two different types of avocado inflorescences: determinate and indeterminate (see Figure 1). In a determinate inflorescence the tip of the shoot that bears the flowers will end in a flower. Indeterminate inflorescences, which tend to be more common in our environment, terminate with a vegetative bud.

The avocado is also unusual in that the timing of the male and female phases differs among varieties. There are two flowering types, referred to as "A" and "B" flower types. "A" varieties open as female on the morning of the first day. The flower closes in late morning or early afternoon. The flower will remain closed until the afternoon of the second day when it opens as male. "B" varieties open as female on the afternoon of the first day, close in late afternoon and re-open in the male phase the following morning. See Figure 4 for a diagrammatic representation.

Since there are hundreds of flowers on an avocado tree at any one time the actual situation in the field as shown here (Figure 5). The arrows denote the movement of pollen between the complementary flower types.

WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL RAMIFICATIONS?

Table 1 lists some of the common varieties and their flower type. The avocado’s flowering behavior is believed to promote cross-pollination since the male and female phases of an individual flower occur at different times. It is believed that the inter planting of complementary flower types can boost fruit set and therefore yield by making pollen available.

Table 1. Avocado varieties and flowering types.
"A" Varieties
"B" Varieties
Hass
Bacon
Gwen
Ettinger
Lamb Hass
Fuerte
Pinkerton
Sharwil
Reed
Sir Prize
GEM
Walter Hole
Harvest
Zutano
.
Marvel
.
Nobel
Note: Varieties in italics are from the UC Breeding Program and are currently under evaluation.

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