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Plant description:

Avocados are tropical trees, but adapt quite well to temperate climates if sheltered from cold winds. They are not pears and shouldn’t be called ‘avocado pears’. The trees are large, so only grow one if you have enough space. ‘Fuerte’ is a good variety to grow on its own, as male and female flowers overlap and pollination can take place. Always plant a grafted tree, as you can’t be sure whether a tree grown from a pip will bear fruit.

Family: Lauraceae

Botanical Pronunciation: PER-see-uh uh-mair-ih-KAY-nuh

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Botanical name

Persea americana

Plant Care

Size

Categories

Common name(s)

Avocados

Origin

Planting instructions

Plant trees in deep, very well-drained soil.

Maintenance

Water thoroughly every two weeks during dry weather. Avocado trees are evergreen and do not need pruning.

Fruit

Pick one well-developed fruit and store at room temperature. If it is ready to be eaten within 8–10 days without shrivelling, then the rest of the well-developed fruit can be picked.

Soil conditions

Well drained

Common pests and diseases

Susceptible to root-rot fungus if the soil is not well drained.

Harvest

Pick one well-developed fruit and store at room temperature. If it is ready to be eaten within 8–10 days without shrivelling, then the rest of the well-developed fruit can be picked.

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