Avocado Won't Bear - Knowledgebase Question

Orange, CA
Question by orangeblossm
August 24, 1999
I have a 10 year old avocado tree that is doing well and looks healthy. However, it has yet to produce any avocados. Any suggestions?


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Answer from NGA
August 24, 1999

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If your tree flowers but doesn't set fruit, it's probably not being pollinated. Since avocado trees flower in the winter, there may not be enough insect activity to pollinate the flowers. You might want to plant a companion avocado tree that produces flowers at the same time, just to increase the chances of pollination taking place.
If the tree doesn't flower, it may not be getting all the sunshine and water it requires.

Seed grown avocadoes should eventually produce fruit, but will take longer than grafted varieties and the quality of the fruit may not be up to snuff. Plant your avocado in full sun and fertile soil that's well drained. There is a possibility that it will bear sparsely or not at all. If you select fruit from strong bearing trees, there is less likelihood for this to happen, but because the variety will not come true from seed, it's still possible. For more information on avocadoes contact, Pacific Tree Farms 4301 Lynnwood Dr. Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-422-2400

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