what are the growing conditions for an avocado tree
04 December 2012 12:11 PM
Avocados prefer to grow in a well drained, friable soil, where the tree receives plenty of sunshine and is protected from frost and cold winds. It would be best to plant a grated species as it will produce fruit in a much shorter period of time. When planting out, dig plenty of compost and blood & bone into the surrounding soil. After planting, cover the soil with a good layer of mulch to stop the roots from drying out during the hot summer months. To keep the tree growing strongly apply a fertiliser in spring in again in autumn. Choose a well balanced fertiliser especially formated for fruiting trees. We would recommend Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Fruit Pelletised Plant Food. It's enriched with Dynamic Lifter and has added nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to give your fruiting plants the right balance of nutrients for their growing needs. As the tree grows, increase the amount of fertiliser each year to cater for its needs. Ensure the tree receives plenty of water during the hottest months of the year. Give a deep watering once a week in preference to shallow watering every other day. Enjoy growing your tree and I am sure over the years, you will be harvesting lots of delicious fruit.