AVOCADO TREES (persea)
A very popular fruiting tree, Avocado Trees are available for sale in a number of varieties, and can be grown from Queensland as far south as Melbourne depending on type. Avocados do require a frost free environment. All varieties prefer a humus rich moist but well drained soil. They are a high yielding tree once established, well suited to the home garden you will eventually have fruit to give to friends and neighbours.
Growing Avocado Trees
Avocado Trees generally require a humus rich well drained but moist soil. Warmer climates are best for most Varieties although cold climate Avocados will do well as far south as Melbourne. During the flowering period avocado trees do not like the temperature to fall below 10° at night and prefer daytime temperature below 25° once fruit has set this is not so important.
Mature tree can reach a height of 10m + depending on variety and growing conditions, however they can be pruned back to maintain a smaller size. Some loss of fruiting for a year or two may follow heavy pruning.
The root system of avocados is fairly shallow, and as they are a rainforest tree they do require protection from drying out. Mulching in spring with a lose mulch, kept well away from the trunk of the tree is often beneficial.
Choosing the right Avocado Tree Variety
Remember that with over 50 different varieties of avocado trees available different cultivars are suited to different climates. 'Bacon' does well in cold climates, 'Gwen' is late maturing and is a semi dwarf variety ( but will not grow well in cooler areas). You need to consult with your local nursery to find the right variety for your area and climate.
Avocado varieties include: Bacon Avocado, Hass Avocado, Fuerte Avocado, Reed Avocdo, Wurtz Avocado, Avocado Edranol,Shephard Avocado and others. Wurtz is available as a semi dwarf variety suited to growing in pots and conatiners.
As avocado trees are evergreen and have brittle branches they are generally not available for sale by mail in all but the smallest sizes........