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Re: Avocado thread
« Reply #950 on: May 25, 2022, 12:55:52 AM »
Thanks! Just getting any one of my Fuerte, Mexicola Granda, Sir Prize, or Gem to produce a single fruit would be a huge win.

What's the weather like this time of year in Vegas? If you could protect a Reed through any hard frosts I wonder if the later bloom might give you a shot

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« Reply #951 on: August 16, 2022, 12:42:55 PM »
I'm thinking this is the correct spot to ask about my Avocado tree :-)
in 2013 we bought an Avocado tree at Jene's Tropicals nursery which was labeled Wurtz and we were assured this to be the best variety for a small back yard in Orlando Florida.
Since then, the tree is growing and flowering abundantly every year and setting fruit all over, but they drop in a matter of days when they reach about the size of a hazelnut. Small yard --> prime real estate --> compost pile for non-performers, except hubs refused to kill it.
The tree seems healthy, no pests. Over the years we tried everything, more water, less water, more and less fertilizer, copper spray, citrus spray, etc.
This year 2022 is the first time that 2 fruit stayed on, but looking at them, they do not seem to be the long looking Wurtz fruit.
So my two questions, can you tell which variety I have and any guesses why all the fruit keep dropping?





Thank you for your help :-)

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Re: Avocado thread
« Reply #952 on: August 16, 2022, 01:49:02 PM »
This is what my Wurtz fruit looked like after being picked in December (2019).  The immature fruit looked like yours. So I'd say, yes, your fruit defintely looks like Wurtz.  Also, the leaves look like Wurtz.  My tree had no problem setting and retaining fruit after reaching about 5 or 6 feet (2 years, I think), but I sold the house after the first year it fruited, and someone came and dug up the tree and planted it in their yard in 2020.  I have no idea how it's done subsequently.  Don't pick the fruit too early.  The flavor was decent, not as rich as I would have liked, but then again it was only the first year of fruit.  You could try extra potassium and pelletized gypsum (for calcium).

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Re: Avocado thread
« Reply #953 on: August 16, 2022, 03:41:11 PM »
Thank you johnb, I am glad to hear mine is a Wurtz afterall.
And thank you for the tip of extra potassium and gypsum, should I add those now, or rather next spring before flowering? what do you recommend?

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« Reply #954 on: August 16, 2022, 05:23:08 PM »
Extra potassium aids fruit set and the calcium is for fruit development, so I'd say to wait until spring.  Best of luck!  It seems like our trees have personalities that we have to try to understand.  Maybe it's all science, but they are living things.
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