The Q&A Archives: Care of Avocado Trees

Question: We have a recently planted avocado. Do they do well in Tampa? Any advice on care?

Answer: There are three races of avocado that will grow in Florida; the ones that will do well in the Tampa region are the Guatemalan (you see these fruit in the grocery store) and Mexican (light green, thin skinned fruit, less flavor), which is the hardiest of the three. Some are self-fruitful, but others require another tree for pollination. It's best to plant named varieties known to do well in your area for reliable growth and fruit production. Their site preference is a deep, rich, well-drained soil in full sun. They do best when given a high-nitrogen fertilizer each spring, and other trace elements may be needed based on a soil test (your extension service can help with this). Prune only dead or broken branches. Hope this helps!

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