Avocados - Knowledgebase Question

San Luis Obispo, CA
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Question by slothurston8
February 3, 1998
What is the proper time to fertilize my Hass avocado? Also, what type of fertilizer should I use?


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Answer from NGA
February 3, 1998
Avocado trees are not heavy feeders, and are susceptible to salt burn, so go easy on the fertilizer. Unless your tree is showing symptoms - such as poor leaf color, it's not necessary to fertilize. The roots are shallow so it helps to allow the fallen leaves to remain under the tree to provide a protective mulch, and the decomposing leaves will return nutrients to the soil.

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