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santa maria, ca
Question by cpoel
January 18, 2007
Both my avacado and lemon tree had quite a bit of frost damage. I want to juice the lemons now and pick the avacados and encourage them to ripen. Will this work or is it too late?


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Answer from NGA
January 18, 2007

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It probably isn't too late to pick the lemons and juice them, but you may find the avocados are damaged beyond repair, especially if they spent more than an hour or two in frosty weather. Why not pick one or two and take them indoors to see if they ripen without mushy flesh. If so, pick the rest; if not, either wait for the avocados to drop on their own, or harvest and destroy.

This unusual cold snap has taken quite a toll on nearly everyone's plants so you're not alone. Best wishes with your garden!

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