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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 31, 2016 8:10 AM CST
A friend gave me an avocodo tree he started from locally grown fruit. Will it bear fruit. Or does it need to be graphed???
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 31, 2016 11:13 AM CST
It doesn't need to be grafted, but it will need to be pollinated by another tree. If you have any neighbors within about a block or so that have an avocado, you'll be fine. An ungrafted tree will not necessarily bear the same fruit as the seed came from.

Also, a seed-grown baby avocado can take 7 to 10 years to begin to bear fruit. Then, the one that I had only bore a good crop of fruit every second year, as well. For the amount of space you'll have to give it and all the TLC it will need, I think I'd be inclined to buy avocadoes.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 31, 2016 11:17 AM CST
It may produce fruit eventually. Most avocados from seeds do not fruit but once in awhile, one does. You will know for sure in 7 or 8 years. Smiling
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Dec 31, 2016 12:50 PM CST
They do grow into attractive plants, however.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Dec 31, 2016 2:07 PM CST
Make sure you plant it in a large, open area. They do grow in to large trees with time.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 31, 2016 6:43 PM CST
Thanks y'all !!!
I do have the space. I also have a store bought stuart ! and i planted the home grown one perty close to the stuart. So they'll perty much grow into each other. With any luck the home grown will be a type B.
To go with my type A stuart.
Heck ! I just as well buy a type B !
Then ill have 3. My sister tells me that your allways suspose to have odd number of things. Like trees, rocks, plants, etc ! Shrug! It beats me why ???
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ctcarol
Dec 31, 2016 7:33 PM CST
Beware what you wish for! My seed grown Pinkerton is About 25 X25 after 25 years , and has over 200 avocados on it this year. They are only about 1/2 the normal size and dropping early because the tree can't support them all. I have to have it pruned every other year by professionals because even with pole saw and loppers, I can't reach anymore.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 31, 2016 8:10 PM CST
I have never understood Type A and Type B. You plant a tree, wait 8 or 9 years and it has avocados on it. Where'd A and B come in there? Confused

I had a Mexicola Grande Improved in my Oakdale, CA home (mail ordered from Southern CA). It produced at age 9, even with me worrying about type A and B. My favorite nursery said "be patient". NO ONE grew avocados in my area (Zone 8), so there was no hope of finding a pollinator (type A or B) near me.

I wrapped the trunk of my tree in Christmas tree lights and hung a 'trouble light' in the branches to keep it warm in the winter (temps in the 20's) until it was old enough to fend for itself. In 1991 or '92, it survived a week with lows of 11 and highs of 30 (I almost didn't).

The last year I lived there, I harvested 200 lbs of avocados! But they are like apples - one year on and one year off. I did prune. I kept it at about 25 feet in hopes that I could pick the avocados before they fell and the deer ate them.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Dec 31, 2016 9:25 PM CST
Different Varieties do better in different climates. My Pinkerton is not a favorite for my climate. Some need pollinators, while some struggle on their own. Depending on when they flower and how long the fruit takes to ripen. Hass blooms earlier, are usually ready by Christmas here, where mine blooms later and doesn't usually mature until Late Jan. This year the weather has been unusual, and as I said mine is over burdened, so dropping early. The fruit is still good...just small. I don't know what temps they can take. Normally mine is blooming just as the winds come in the spring, so looses lots of blossoms. This past year winds were very mild, and as you say, they do tend to bare in alternate years.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 1, 2017 11:55 AM CST
@daisyl. Im gonna rememer the christmas and shop lite ideal 😎 Thanks !!! People around town hear put up big tall poles with plastic around. One i bought is mexicola stuart. Mexicola's can take 10 degree temps ownce mature. Im not sure what is considered mature ? Smooth skins that you can eat.not big fruit. There called cocktail avocados.
Im planing on keeping mine short.
To managable height.
I tell you bout type A and B next mail im gonna run ouy of room hear !!!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jan 1, 2017 12:19 PM CST
@daisyl im back😎 both types not necessary. Better polination with type A@B. Its the way they bloom. Each bloom opens for two days only
Then dies.or is pollinated ! The first day the type A.bloom opens in the morning, its a female and closes at noon. The second day it opens at noon. And is a male. And closes in eveing. Not to open again.
The type B. Is reverse.
You see what i mean ???
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 1, 2017 2:56 PM CST
My point was that avocados are perfectly capable of pollinating themselves. Smiling I think maturity is when they start producing so 8 or 9 years.

All the Mexicolas must have thin skin. The Grande Improved fruit is quite large (7 or 8 inches), ripens in late October/early November and has edible skin. They fall off the tree hard as a rock - a couple bounces won't hurt them any. So unless you have deer waundering around your yard or tree size is an issue, don't worry about it.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 1, 2017 4:11 PM CST
I heard and read that mexicola is best suited for s.q. valley. And read about a and b types on net.
No deer in Fresno city. Outside town going to foothills yes. But ill half to watch out for tree squrills. I read they like em. So when there ripe. They just fall off ! Cool ! So i guess i don't have to keep it small ?
HAY !!! Feed myself and the squrills too ! 😁😁😁
I dont know where stuart mexicola came into picture. Before or after the grande improved ?
The A and B type mix must be for farmers that want the highest production possible.
Thank You for you input !!#
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 1, 2017 4:48 PM CST
When they fall off, they still need a week on the counter before they are ripe. I went out every evening and picked them up. The deer come at night and squirrels first thing in the morning.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jan 1, 2017 6:04 PM CST
good to know !!!
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jan 1, 2017 7:58 PM CST
The reason I said a large open area is that they do get damaged if they get bounced off of hard/ sharp objects. I found one speared on an overturned tomato cage, and there is a storage shed + planters that will ruin them if they hit wrong. I do let the leaves pile up at this time if year to cushion the falling fruit. So far I've had no pests in the tree, but something is munching on them on the ground, if they aren't picked up right away. Rats, possums, Squirrels????In the past I've always left any damaged fruit for them, but I never had this much before.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jan 1, 2017 8:17 PM CST
Just a note. My parents lived on 10 acres of avocados in Temecula CA. Their house was literally on the top of the 10 acre hill and avocado trees all around them as the Haas trees need great, not good drainage. At the bottom were a rings of grapefruit and lime to prevent some kind of root fungus. Calavo managed the lot for them but we enjoyed many, many avocados when we visited, as well as limeades and grapefruit each morning.

Both DH and I have scars from avocado tree scratches. The scratches from the avocado branches we got while picking became infected right away. So just be careful when you start picking.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jan 1, 2017 8:27 PM CST
Hilarious! I used to drive the 15 freeway often, and I always wondered how they managed those groves on those rocky hills. I heard they use Llamas to gather the fruit, but how on earth do they irrigate? The groves here in Orange county can support trucks, but those in the Fallbrook area...no way.
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Jan 1, 2017 8:35 PM CST
Temecula is a great area! We visit the Wilson Creek Winery often. It's where our youngest got married, and we all go back there several times a year. We're do for another trip soon.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jan 1, 2017 9:59 PM CST
Yeh, we did a couple of Mothers Day brunches at one of the winerys...not that one though.

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