The Q&A Archives: Planting an Avacado tree

Question: I just bought a 6 foot hass avacado tree in a container. How do i plant it. I heard I need to put sand below for drainage. Thanks for you help. Also whats the best way to water it?

Answer: Avocado trees are adapted to most soil types, provided the soil has good internal drainage. The tree will not perform well in poorly drained soils, nor will it tolerate flooding. The best way to improve your soil prior to planting is to dig in a good amount of organic matter (compost, aged manure, etc.) to help loosen the soil so the roots can easily penetrate. You can use the Soil Buster, which is calcium. These gypsum pellets can simply be added to the soil around the planting hole and mixed into the soil you take from the planting hole. I'd still add some organic matter, though, to make the soil rich and loose for the roots of your new tree. After planting make a watering well or basin around you tree by mounding up a few inches of soil all around, about 12 inches from the tree. Fill the basin with water, allow to drain, then fill it a second time. This will concentrate the moisture over the root system and allow it to trickle down and wet the entire root mass. Water only once a week. Good luck with your new tree.

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