Avocado

Avocado

Indigenous to Central and Southern America, the avocado is a highly attractive evergreen tree that forms a rounded dense canopy up to several metres and produces green skinned, pear shaped fruit that contains a rich buttery flavour with a cream like texture.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Performs best in rich sandy soils, but will grow well in other soil types from light sands to well drained clays.

    Trees in light soils space 6 – 7m apart. Spacing of 10m apart may be sufficient for trees in deep, rich soil as the tree reaches maximum growth in such preferred soils.

    October is the best time of the year to plant.

    An average depth of 1.5m of well drained soil is required for avocados.

    Sloping grounds for planting are preferred as this means better drainage.

    Place in a warm, full sunny position that is sheltered from frosts and strong winds.

    Keep your avocado moist for the first 12 weeks until it has properly established.

    In hot or dry conditions, watering should be carried out through deep soaking.

    Mulch can be used around the base of the trunk to help retain moisture.

    To promote a more compact, bushier plant, pinch out any strong growing tips for the first two years.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre-Plant

    Product: DinoFert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2-4 cups (400-800g)

    Commercial Use: 1kg

    Comments: Apply one month prior to planting to an area 2m across at each site and incorporate to about 15cm deep.

     

    Stage: Young & Mature Trees     

    Product: DinoFert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 10-15 cups (2-3kg)

    Commercial Use: 4kg

    Comments: Avocados respond well to feeding during the start of each season: spring, summer and autumn. For heavier bearing trees such as Haas, Wurtz, Hazzard, Rincon, an increase of 50% fertiliser may be needed.

    Spread fertiliser by hand evenly around the tree extending beyond the canopy drip line.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.