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I made up a table to help us water avocado trees efficiently and effectively in California. I put a lot of thought into it. So I thought I should share it here. I'd also love to hear feedback if you think I missed anything important or if you find that your gallons and frequencies are far different. Remember though, that I'm not saying this is a table everyone should follow; it's just for reference to get started homing in on the gallons and frequencies that are ideal for your situation.

I remember wishing something like this existed when I first started growing avocados, but finding that the tables made by farm advisors weren't very accurate or easy to apply for backyard growers like us.

Anyway, here's some explanation about the table: http://gregalder.com/yardposts/how-much-and-how-often-to-water-avocado-trees-in-california/

And here's the table:



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Avocado thread
« on: July 30, 2017, 01:41:39 PM »
Maybe first we can share which varieties we have in our yards?

Currently, I've got Reed, Lamb, Pinkerton, Holiday, Sharwil, Hass, Sirprize, and Fuerte.

Some of them I've deliberately planted in pairs, for example this Reed/Lamb pair at 7.5 feet apart:



And this Hass/Sirprize pair at 7.5 feet apart:




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A few years ago, I stumbled on an article written by Wilson Popenoe in 1940 called "Origin of the name 'Fuerte'." Wilson and his father Fred were the ones responsible for propagating the first Fuerte avocado trees more than 100 years ago. They also gave the variety its name. The story Wilson tells is different from the story everyone else always tells about where the name comes from. Fuerte wasn't named Fuerte because it was cold hardy, according to Wilson Popenoe.

Figured I'd link to an article I wrote about it here since there might be some others around who are like me and have an inordinate interest in avocados.

Link: http://gregalder.com/yardposts/how-the-fuerte-avocado-really-got-its-name/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Visit to Costa Rica
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:19:10 PM »
In late February next year, I'll be in Nosara (Nicoya peninsula) and would love to check out farms or home plantings within a couple hours' drive. Any suggestions? I am especially interested in avocados and coffee, but not just those.

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