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Planting and Caring Tips for your Avocado Tree

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 3rd

     The Avocado is not your typical fruit because it eats like a vegetable. In Florida, it is often called the Alligator Pear because of the fruit’s shape and rough textured skin.

     All Avocados are self pollinating with the male and female flowers occurring on the same tree. The best varieties for the home gardener are: Choquette, Simmonds and Miguel.

Tips for growing Avocados:

  • Soil: Avocado trees do not like wet feet, so be sure to plant your tree in well drained soil. Trees can also be planted on a mound to ensure proper drainage. The native soil of Florida is fine for successful growing.
  • Temperature: Avocados are best suited for growing in a lowland tropical climate or frost free subtropical areas along the coast. There are several varieties that are more cold tolerant and may withstand temperatures in the 20’s.
  • Most Avocados do not grow true from seed, so the common method of propagation is grafting.
  • Fertilizing: Newly planted trees should be fertilized lightly once or twice during the first year, then about 3 to 4 times a year after that. A packaged citrus fertilizer or other common mixes include 6-6-6-2 or 8-3-9-2.
  • Water: Newly planted trees should be watered every other day for the first week then 1 to 2 times a week for the first couple of months. In periods of drought, younger trees should be watered twice a week, but can be reduced or stopped once rainy season starts.
  • Avocados do not ripen on the tree, so you only need to harvest what you need. The rest can remain on the tree. Mature fruit ripens in about 3 to 8 days once it is removed from the tree.
  • A grass free area should be kept 2 to 5 feet out from the trunk of the tree. The best way is to mulch, which will also help retain moisture and improve soil quality at the surface. Keep mulch about 8 to 12 inches from the trunk to prevent rotting of the trunk base

 Visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe to see some of the varieties we have available. The Horticulture Staff is available to assist you and to answer any questions you may have.

84 Responses

  1. Tropical Fruit Trees That Grow Best in SW Florida | Tropical Gardens of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Says:

    […] Avocado – Avocado trees are a great selection for Florida gardens. They are a medium sized tree around 20 feet tall and come in an early, mid and late season variety. Plant all three and you can get fruit nearly all year long. Plant in well drained soil, as they don’t like wet feet.   […]

    Posted on June 3rd, 2011 at 11:05 am

  2. ed Says:

    I live in Florida but the only place I see avocados is in the grocery store. Maybe the Tampa area is a little too far north. Anyway the article had some good information.

    Posted on June 8th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

  3. Edison & Ford Winter Estates Says:

    Hi Ed,
    They are in the backyards of so many residents of South West Florida and all over the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. I wonder if local farmers markets might have some in Tampa. Happy hunting!

    Posted on June 8th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

  4. Jane Says:

    I live in Winter Haven FL and have a large tree in my front yard. I know the fruit doesn’t ripen on the tree. My question is how do you tell when they are mature?

    Posted on July 30th, 2012 at 8:17 am

  5. Kathleen Says:

    We planted an avocado tree in August and were told top pinch off the first year flowers. Our leaves look really bad but we have many buds. When should we pick off the buds or do we wait for flowers. I used a palm tree fertilizer about a month ago.

    Posted on January 29th, 2013 at 11:42 am

  6. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    Hi Kathleen,
    When you fertilize, you won’t see instant results. The fertilizer you put on palms and other trees is for the future. Usually for the next 3 months. You should see more growth in the next few months when the weather warms up. A palm fertilizer is just fine because it has the minors in the analysis. Fruit trees need these minors too!

    As far as picking off the flowers-I usually just pick off the fruit. I let the tree flower and then pick off the fruit. Usually the tree is very good at dropping most of the fruit without our help. It is typical for the leaves to drop off when the flowers come on. Some cultivars do this more than others. It is genetics mostly. Once the tree grows to a good size, it won’t do this so drastically. Usually it is the young ones.

    The first year or so you will get maybe one fruit if you’re lucky. Each year maybe one more. By the 5th year, you should get some production. Avocados tend to be slow to establish. When fertilizing I usually recommend less fertilizer amounts more often. I also use the worm castings or some type of organic compost for the beneficial organisms to help the tree take up the fertilizers.

    Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist

    Posted on March 19th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

  7. dalila perez Says:

    I live in.Yuma Arizona and I planted an avocado tree . It has been 3 years and no avocados . My friends tell me I need two trees and others tell me it takes 3 years to get the fruit . Is all of this true .

    Posted on March 7th, 2013 at 9:36 am

  8. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    Hi Dalila,
    Avocados are notorious for not giving the goods for years. Even if you put a grafted avocado in the ground in Florida, it takes at least 3-5 years for fruit. If you grew the avocado from seed, it may take 10 years before the tree reaches puberty. Don’ t give up, just realize it needs time. Hopefully you like the avocados once they start producing. When you grow from seedling, you don’t know what you are going to get.

    Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist

    Posted on April 17th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  9. Les Says:

    I was given an 18″ potted avocado tree started from fruit. I want to plant it right away in Southeast Florida. I have two possible places. Does it need full sun or is partial sun amongst a couple of 30′ palm trees OK?

    Posted on March 21st, 2013 at 11:14 am

  10. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    About avocados-

    I would plant it in the spot in your yard that has good drainage first of all. They can handle a little shade-doesn’t hurt if the palm trees are there. The only trouble is it may grow straight up.
    I would plant it on a raised spot (berm it up) and put in full sun. Encourage bushy growth-sometimes you need to cut the top to get a branching when the avocado is at least 5- feet tall. You could wait longer if you want it to branch at a higher height. Avocados grown from seed tend to grow straight up-and it does take a while to fruit when grown from seed. Be patient.

    Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist

    Posted on April 11th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  11. amanda Says:

    Hi i live in northern pa i have the beging of an avocado tree it is 2 years old and about five foot tall but during the cold winter i bring it into the kitchen where i work an the leafs dry out and fall off any help?

    Posted on April 7th, 2013 at 8:41 am

  12. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Avocados are very tropical. The kitchens in the northern climates indoors are not very good for the growth of avocados.
    The dryness of the heat needed for a home is not conducive for liveliness of a tree like an avocado.
    Most Zone 10 plants don’t like indoors situations unless you have a greenhouse situation.
    Once you take the avocado out for the summer put it in the sunniest spot you can. Unfortunately Avocados don’t produce fruit until it is 5 to 10 years old if grown from seed.
    The avocados grown here are usually grafted varieties that are known named budwood grafted onto a rootstock. We have varieties called Choquette, Simmonds, Lula, Brogdan,
    These are all Florida style (West Indian variety)-and Haas variety doesn’t do well in our climate. They do better in California and Mexico (dry climate).
    Good luck and if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask.

    Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist

    Posted on April 11th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

  13. kobie Says:

    Can anyone tell me why poeple put rusted nails in there avo trees.

    Posted on April 16th, 2013 at 11:55 am

  14. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    The rusty nail does not provide iron to the tree as some would think. Iron does not release from the nail into the tree. Iron is in an unavailable form in the nail (iron oxide). We usually use chelated iron to get a form the plants can use easily.
    Most people put a nail in to the tree to help it start bearing fruit. I am not sure if it stresses the avocado to start thinking about reproduction because it thinks it is going to die. Most plants want to replicate themselves-that is what drives all living organisms. It could just be coincidence. Most avocado trees grown from seed take anywhere from 5-10 years to bear. Since they are grown from a seed we don’t know what both parents were like. Most people plant avocados from a grafted variety to a rootstock. Then you know what flavor you are a getting.

    Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist

    Posted on May 8th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

  15. Cindy Seymour Says:

    I started mine from a seed . It is doing well.
    I want to know when to transplant it ?

    Posted on April 17th, 2013 at 12:39 am

  16. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    Hi Cindy,

    Transplanting of any new baby plant is really up to the gardener. If it is growing out of the pot (roots become circling) not good. When to put in the garden is a question that is answered by you the gardener. Will you baby the seedling and water when necessary if in the ground. Would someone unknowingly mow the seedling over because it is too small. Most people like to plant seedlings when it is at least 3-4 feet tall so people don’t mistake it for a weed and destroy it. Some plants are good up to a 3 gallon size pot, then they need the room to grow in the ground forming roots. In the pots they have a tendency to have a poor root structure. Ground grown is often better. Don’t put the seedling in when it has only 2 true leaves-wait until it is in the juvenile stage with some branches.

    Debbie Hughes, Senior Horticulturist

    Posted on May 8th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

  17. Igor Says:

    I just planted a 5 foot avocado tree that I bought from Lowes. How often should I fertilize it and when can I can expect to see this tree bear some fruit. Thanks in advance!

    Posted on June 9th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

  18. bill mclaughlin Says:

    my tree is older about 22 years. there are avocado trees in my neighbors yards. there trees are older than mine. i get plenty of fruit but it is dropping off. the size is about 3/4 of an inch diameter. the neighbors trees had plenty of good fruit. i had plenty of fruit until about 3 years ago. also how do we all get the squirrels to stop taking one little bite out of the fruit.

    Posted on June 16th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

  19. Cathryn Conn Says:

    I have an enormous avocado tree in my back yard, that I inherited when I bought my house 13 years ago. When It produces, it makes the best avocados I’ve ever tasted. Last year, there were none. This year, the tree was loaded, but at present they are falling off in droves, in a very immature state. At first, I thought to blame it on the wind. But, I’m noticing black fruit up in the tree, that has yet to fall.

    Any thoughts? I have had spiral white fly, and treated the yard extensively, systemically about 6 months ago. I see no evidence of infestation of any kind in the tree.

    Thank you in advance.

    Posted on June 30th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

  20. taina williams Says:

    I live in south Florida and I have a 20 ft. avocado tree and for the last 2 years it has produced well. Last year it got too big so we had it trimmed about 20% and this year there are no signs of any avacado’s growing. What should I do?

    Posted on July 6th, 2013 at 10:16 am

  21. Kim Wittekind Says:

    Dear Debbie,

    We have two avacado plants grown from a seed from an old family tree with sentimental value. They have been in a pot for about 3 1/2 years. Can we plant them in the ground and have them bear fruit in 5ish years or should we go to a nursery and get a ground grown plant? I love avacado to eat so I would like to see avacado fruit in my life time. …lol!

    Posted on July 14th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

  22. Gretchen Says:

    I live in St. Johns, FLA (south of Jax and north of St Augustine) and have purchased an avocado tree. We do get frost here several times in the winter, mostly Jan & Feb. Should I plant the tree and protect it from frost with blankets or should I grow it in a container (how big?) and bring it in during the cold?

    Posted on July 16th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

  23. Colleen Says:

    Hi, I bought an avocado tree from home depot and planted it in my back yard seems to be doing well. I found your site while trying to learn about them and had some questions. I hope you can help. My tree is about four feet tall do I need to cut the top ? I believe they call this pinching the top.

    My tree is getting bushy and wanted to know do I cut the stems off that are brown and don’t have any leaves on them? Im not sure why it’s doing this.

    Do I really need to cut the grass away from the tree? I have seen avocado tree’s that have been planted right in the grass. what is the advantage to this in florida?

    Posted on July 26th, 2013 at 10:28 am

  24. Riley Says:

    I live in Cape Coral. The house I bought had a mature Florida avocado tree in the yard. For two years we had huge beautiful avocados. This year they are dropping early. Last week I picked up over one thousand premature ones off the ground. I am so upset over this. We did fertilize it for the first time ever this year using avocado and mango fertilizer. What are we doing wrong ??

    Posted on July 27th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

  25. Judy Says:

    We live in south Florida ,we planted a avocado tree 11 yrs ago and it has not given us any fruit yet,we followed all the directions when we planted it ,fertilized it and it is a beautiful tree,we also have another avocado tree in the yard for cross pollination but still no fruit,what seems to be our problem for not having fruit? Thank you

    Posted on February 20th, 2014 at 9:43 am

  26. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    Hi Judy-you didn’t tell me if your avocado was grafted or not. If it wasn’t grafted but grown from seed as some do, it could take 10-15 years for production maturity. Think of reproduction ages of some of the trees. Some trees produce earlier because they are already producing a fruit and then that branch will be attached to the cambium layer of a rootstock. I guess patience is a virtue. Just like some people don’t produce much offspring-so goes fruit trees too.

    Posted on March 17th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  27. Dilbert Says:

    If you aren’t going to keep up with your website, i.e. answer questions, please do us all a favor and delete it!

    Posted on March 2nd, 2014 at 11:48 am

  28. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    Hi Dilbert-What question do you have for me about avocados. If you know something about our season now, we are soooo busy. Sorry I will answer you right away. Hope you write back a question. Usually I write once a month, but I see that I need to be more diligent. I promise I will improve.

    Thanks-Debbie Hughes, Horticulturist Edison Ford Winter Estates

    Posted on March 17th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

  29. Mike Says:

    My daughter loves avocados. I want to get a tree but can’t wait years for production. Can I buy a mature tree that will produce sooner?

    Posted on March 18th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

  30. Inga S Says:

    Hello, can you advise what sort of avocado trees are best in Florida/Orlando, also would you recomend any website or place where i can get organic avicado tree?
    Thank you

    Posted on April 21st, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  31. Alejandra Says:

    My gardener put a nail in my avacoado tree a few years ago, and I still do not get fruit. Should I take the nail out of the trunk?

    Posted on April 23rd, 2014 at 6:08 pm

  32. Marg Says:

    Hi guys! I have 20 avocado plants in little pots. Half of the were planted late last year and the other 10 are from this spring. The are all very healthy especially the 1st ten. The leaves are very huge and have grown so far to 24″ tall. They are not grafted but I would be interested do some experiments if I have have scions because these are all good rootstocks. I am still taking care if them but to be honest, I really don’t know what to do. I live in the northern part of tampa Bay Area.
    Any thoughts?

    Posted on May 28th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

  33. Marg Says:

    Hi guys! I have 20 avocado plants in little pots. Half of the were planted late last year and the other 10 are from last spring. They are all very healthy especially the 1st ten. The leaves are very huge and have grown so far to 24″ tall. They are not grafted but I would be interested to do some experiments if I have scions available because these are all good rootstocks. I am still taking care of them but to be honest, I really don’t know what to do. I live in the northern part of Tampa Bay Area.
    Any thoughts?

    Posted on May 28th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

  34. Terry Grewer Says:

    Thank you Debbie.
    I have learned a lot reading your reply’s to others questions.
    Thank you for sharing your time, effort and knowledge.

    Posted on June 9th, 2014 at 10:53 am

  35. Annette Says:

    Hi I have a Florida Avocado tree in the backyard. We moved in last august and the tree was overwhelmingly full of avocado that we enjoyed. However in early june this year we don’t see too many buds that look like they are growing. Only about 2 at this point. Is this common? We are just learning. Thanks!


    Posted on June 10th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  36. Amy Says:

    I also bout an avocado tree from Lowes approx. 4 yrs ago. When I bought it, it had two small avocados on it. I am assuming that it is grafted since it is a commercial tree. I fertilize twice a year. Should I do more? I have not had any avocados yet the tree is approximately 6 feet tall. Roughly speaking, when do you think I will bear avocados? Should I fertilize more? It is set near other fruit trees (oranges, lemons and limes) and I was wondering if the other fruits assist with pollination as well. Just curious. I live in the Sarasota area, so I think my zone is fine. What is your opinion?

    Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

  37. john bunting Says:

    in your opinion what is the best avacado tree for ft myers area. have not had good luck to date.many thanks

    Posted on June 23rd, 2014 at 8:39 pm

  38. Judi Heller Says:

    I used to get hundreds of avocados from my mature tree. The last two years, they’ve been dropping off very small…tons and tons of them. I live in Cape Coral, FL…HELP PLEASE!!!

    Posted on July 26th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

  39. Dana French Says:

    I live in Plant City and I have three trees I started from seed. They are about 3-4 feet tall. When is the best time of the year to plant these trees? I have three other trees and one is bearing fruit for the first time.

    Thanks, Dana

    Posted on September 14th, 2014 at 8:57 am

  40. Fareeda Says:

    Where is the best place to plant an Avacado tree?
    We live in South Florida and have a lake at the back

    Posted on September 25th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

  41. Geraldean Bond Says:

    About the comment regarding avocado trees in Tampa, Florida, they are everywhere over there. I lived on Ross Avenue and used to have to dodge them falling from the trees on my way to meet my ride to work. They also fell in other yards. You can see them if you recognize them when you ride down I-4. St. Pete is full of them and every other kind of tropical fruit tree. There are avocado trees that will grow almost anywhere in the US. If planted from seed it takes about seven years to produce fruit. I know because I have grown them from seed. You can also air layer them or bud them as you do citrus trees with a young seedling and a piece of an older tree and produce fruit earlier.

    Geraldean Bond

    Posted on October 17th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

  42. Rob Southey Says:

    I am having massive fruit drop from my avocados, after mid-summer from 3 different varieties. The fruit looks 1/3 full size and this is the 2nd major drop this season????
    Should I apply iron as a supplement?
    What about funguses? Could some other thing be causing this?
    My Sheppard lost 8 dozen, my Lamb Hass over ten dozen and the normal Hass about half the total.
    Help! Help!
    Queensland Australia

    Posted on February 1st, 2015 at 8:00 pm

  43. Curtis Says:


    Tampa is filled with lots of avacado trees; some varieties ripen here in August/September while other breeds bear fruit in Jan/Feb.

    Posted on February 2nd, 2015 at 11:56 pm

  44. katy Says:

    Anyone have a recommendation on a nursery or place to get a small avacado tree? I am hauling it back to iowa so needs to be about 3 feet. Please help!!

    Posted on February 10th, 2015 at 4:59 pm

  45. Sheryl Says:

    I live in Upstate NY and am successfully growing both an avocado and mango tree. I realize this is not the ideal weather for such endeavors, but I like to grow different things. My question is: how can I keep mt trees “miniature” so they can remain in the house? They are about 2 ft tall right now and I would like to keep them 6 ft or under.I do not care if they fruit or not. They have survived for a full year plus so my indoor conditions are compatible for them. Can I create such thing as a “Bonsai” version?

    Posted on March 26th, 2015 at 9:02 am

  46. Karen Roberts Says:

    For those of you asking about the St Pete area, there was a rental behind our house. It had grapefruit, oranges, bananas and a Florida avocado in the yard. The other plants had suffered from the neglect from renters, but avocado tree was LOADED with excellent tasting fruit. It was growing on the North East side of the property with nothing blocking its sun.

    Posted on April 1st, 2015 at 6:33 pm

  47. Anthony Rodriguez Says:

    My avocado tree has been growing for three years now from a seed would like to know how long does it take for it to Barefruit. It is about 10 1/2 feet tall is there any info out there please help thank you

    Posted on April 9th, 2015 at 7:49 pm

  48. kelvin Says:

    please send for me a reply. my avocado tree has lo st all its leaves after one of my friends put a nail on one of the branches and has stopped producing fruits .what can I do to revive it again send an email.

    Posted on April 25th, 2015 at 8:05 am

  49. Kana Says:

    I live near Orlando, and I really want to plant a haas outside. I have learned that haas do not grow well here, so what is the best haas alternative that will do well in this climate? I prefer the creamy haas, as opposed to the watery Florida types. Any suggestions are appreciated!

    Posted on April 28th, 2015 at 1:27 pm

  50. jim Says:

    I was hoping you can help. I live in Cape Coral and bought a Brogden. It has 3 good size avacodo s growing but the tree is growing straight up and I had to prop up the branches holding the avocados. Should I be trimming the tree down to make it branch out or will it eventually do this on its own ?

    Posted on May 21st, 2015 at 9:26 pm

  51. Raul Says:

    I have a loaded tree of second year crop avocados
    but many are dropping off, did I fertilized to much or is this something that happens to new trees.

    Also when is the right time to pick them.

    Posted on June 21st, 2015 at 8:29 pm

  52. Roman Chavez Says:

    I live in Boca Raton FL. I planted a Hass Avacado tree about a month ago.. I was told it needed plenty of water and loved lots of sun.
    Well my yard get’s all day sun and I water in the morning and at night. But I see the leaves are turning brown and falling off the lower branches. Other people say it does not need to be watered as much..? the soil is dry and sandy. Not much good black dirt around the area unless you dig it up and put it in yourself. What can I do to keep from killing it? I have a hard time growing and type of tree in my soil. Is it to much watering?
    Please email me if poss. I need your help!
    Thank you, Roman Chavez

    Posted on June 28th, 2015 at 12:26 pm

  53. dale Says:

    I have a avacodo tree that now has fruit but something is eating the leaves on the tree I have already lost one tree any idea what it could be and what can I spray on it to save the second tree

    Posted on July 2nd, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  54. Ron Says:

    I’ve had an avocado tree in my yard for over 10 yrs. When I first moved here the tree had over a hundred delicious avocado. I couldn’t eat them as fast as they were falling from the tree. As the season went on the fruits became bland like cardboard. Couple yrs ago I significantly pruned the tree. Now it’s coming back with less fruit which is fine. Just wanted to know how to get the flavor back that I originally had. I live in the pinellas county area of Florida.

    Posted on July 3rd, 2015 at 9:52 am

  55. Debora Says:

    Hi Debbie;

    I have a mature avocado tree in my yard in Marco Island. The tree is loaded with fruit which are about the size of a lemon. I understand the fruit does not ripen on the tree. What time of the year is best to harvest these? Last year I picked many in September, this year they look as if they could begin being picked now. Any insight you can provide is much appreciated.
    thank you

    Posted on July 6th, 2015 at 11:54 pm

  56. Pat Says:

    Just planted an avacodo tree (about 4 foot) and am wondering when it will bear fruit.

    I live in Spring Hill, Fl hopefully it won’t take several ears

    Posted on July 22nd, 2015 at 4:46 pm

  57. Susan Says:


    Posted on January 8th, 2016 at 8:54 am

  58. Drew Says:

    I am not sure if I missed something, it seems my post did not post well, I will try again, so if it duplicates, please delete the duplicate:

    I live on Pico island in the Azores (Atlantic) and we got nothing over 82F and nothing under 45F and those are the summer day and winter night extremes. Usually 50s through 70s year round, quite a lot of rain, wind and very well draining ground. Just starting to plant avocados, so am not sure how they will do in my yard, but other people got them growing n their yards pretty fine. This is 38 degrees north from Equator, same as northern DC and the climate is maritime cold tropical.

    Posted on February 19th, 2016 at 2:35 pm

  59. Curt Says:

    I have a avocado tree that’s about four years old now and it only bared fruit once with only two avocados two years ago. I live in Palm Coast Florida and the tree is now about fourteen feet high with lots of flowing buds. Still no fruit – I’ve been feritizing it three times a year- any suggestions for me?

    Posted on March 7th, 2016 at 11:39 am

  60. Martha Newcomb Says:

    I have a small avocado tree that grew form a seed and it seem like it’s too big for it’ pot already. When is the right time to plant it in the garden? Your tips and advises are every informative and I’m surely keeping on mind your post. Thank you for sharing!

    Posted on March 23rd, 2016 at 10:23 am

  61. Linda Gordon Says:

    Hello. I live in Stuart, southeast Florida. The seed I planted about ten years ago has been growing in a lovely sunny spot in my yard. This week it flowered! We are so excited to see that we will finally be having a crop of avocados. Come by and get some. Looks like there will be hundreds. This is very cool — all from sticking three toothpicks into a plump seed (no grafting performed).

    Posted on March 31st, 2016 at 1:46 am

  62. Vince Dawson Says:

    I live in central florida and purshed a choquette avocodo in september .Its April the tree has bloomed and must be at least 50 to 60 fruits on the tree. do I pick them off or let them fall off by their own ?


    Posted on April 14th, 2016 at 9:38 am

  63. Charles Says:

    I’m in Tampa area and I put the remains of the Avocado’s we buy at the market in my compost. A couple times a year I find one that has reached for the sun. I plant them in a pot and nurture with the intent of planting them in the yard once they are big enough.

    I’ve done this 4 times now. The first two did really good until they got to be about 2 feet tall and then died suddenly. Now I have two more that are about that height doing well, so I’m going to plant them in the yard before I have a chance to kill them. LOL

    I’m glad I found these tips. We’ll see how it goes.

    Posted on April 23rd, 2016 at 2:29 pm

  64. Tracy Says:

    I am extremely unhappy. My tree trimmer hacked my tree SO BAD! 2 years ago, I had so many beautiful avocados (approx 40) & then the next spring this nimrod tree “expert” literally had me crying, after he butchered my tree. I had 2 avocados. He even thought it was a mango tree, just because I told him the tree next to it was a mango tree. This year, the leaves, which are unfortunatly scarce, are also unfortunately looking like something is eating them. I don’t see any buds yet & the tree is typically full of fruit in August. We’ll see what happens. I’m in Dunedin, Florida.
    My neighbor behind me had her tree trimmer hack the side that went over my fence too. The spring time can be a mess, with the leaves, but well worth the cleanup. Just don’t get aggressive when trimming.

    Posted on April 26th, 2016 at 3:06 pm

  65. Linda Says:

    Very nice and informative website. I just got 3 avocado trees: one a Oreo negro, one a Florida Haas and one a Florida Super Haas.
    What type of roots will they develop??? Are they the type of roots that would cause damage to foundations and pools? How far away from either should they be planted?
    Thanks so much for your help. I have yet to find this information anywhere!

    Posted on May 22nd, 2016 at 5:00 pm

  66. Candy Says:

    I live in north central Florida, Levy county.Is that to far north?

    Posted on May 24th, 2016 at 12:13 pm

  67. Alan Says:

    Hello, I enjoyed reading the article but I feel I need some more guidance. I’m just down McGregor and have planted my wife’s Christmas present of a young 4 foot avacado tree. When the plant was in the pot it looked to be flourishing. Last month I planted in the back yard in direct sunlight with little fertilizer (once a month) and gets watered every other day by the irrigation system for 15 mins. The tree now looks scorched and dying, leaves shriveling up and falling off brown. Any help is appreciated.

    Posted on May 24th, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  68. Dawnmarie Mcdougald Says:

    Please help-Or Florida Avocado tree was taller than ourhome 23 years ago and making fruitup until 6 years ago then it skipped 2 years made for2 then had maybes fruits in the last two January Seasons. It was Mature28 years ago when we bought. IS it to odd and dying,?

    Posted on June 10th, 2016 at 8:04 pm


    I live in central Florida and my avocado tree is about 6 years old. Last year i had 6 fruit. This year my tree is covered with fruit. In fact many are dropping off as i think the tree cannot support so many. Is that normal? Or is there something wrong. Also can you eat the little ones?

    Posted on June 16th, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  70. Rayvn Says:

    Hi I have 2 avocado trees I grew from the fruit, and seemed great at first but now one tree is turning a slight yellowish, has 2 other smaller trunks growing out if the same seed which those 2 started as a long white flower, then turned to trunks, and my bigger tree has stopped growing and the leaves that are on are still green but have a hard almost crunch feel to them if I were to crumble it up. I’m new to all this, everything else I’ve grown after is great, 5 beautiful young jackfruit trees that are still babies but growing like weeds, but my avocados were my first and I want to save them. Help!!!!!!!!

    Posted on June 18th, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  71. Eleanor Seville Says:

    We live in Venice, Florida. We had renters plant an avocado tree about 5 years ago, they have since relocated and we are not sure what type of tree it is. Since March of this year it started dropping brown leaves which have to be raked on a daily basis. We did find one small fruit on the ground this week. The tree is a least 25 ft tall. What do we have to do to stop the leaves from turning brown? Any help would be appreciated.

    Posted on July 6th, 2016 at 12:40 pm

  72. Devil Dawg Says:

    I planted an avocado treein my front lawn in 2014, that winter it got hit hard by a frosty night and almost died. This year is the first year its truly coming back to life fully (since I’ve babied it this year finally). I have it on a diet of Ringer Lawn Restore and Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed…

    Posted on August 13th, 2016 at 10:18 am

  73. Rick Sargent Says:

    I have a block retaining wall about 10′ from where I would like to plant an avocado tree, do I need to worry about the root structure damaging the wall? Thanks!

    Posted on September 11th, 2016 at 6:25 pm

  74. mike Says:

    i live in Sanibel Florida and want to know how can i tell when to pick the avacodos from the tree and how to I store them to get ripe.

    Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 4:14 pm

  75. Danny benton Says:

    The fruit will fall to the ground when fully ripe,this will not harm the fruit so long as it hits grass and not concrete,

    Posted on September 17th, 2016 at 3:38 pm

  76. Roxana B Says:

    I live in SE Georgia, 25 miles from the coast
    & 1/4 mile from the Florida line – I have 2 Haas avocados started from seed that are about 3-4 feet tall in pots. Wondering the best area in the yard (I have lots of oak trees) to plant & if I should mound plant them ?

    Posted on September 18th, 2016 at 1:35 pm

  77. Michele Says:

    My Hass avocado brought from Costco last March,
    10 months ago. IT LOOKSheathly,but has not grown a inch. Please tell me w hy.

    Posted on October 30th, 2016 at 8:33 am

  78. Amanda Says:

    Hi I’m on the treasure coast and have a new avocado plant grown from seed that is now about 2 feet tall. I started it in a planter and my question is when is a good time of year to put it in the ground? Since it is now December would it be best to wait out the late January frost then plant it? Or if I plant it now will it have enough time to survive the brief period of cold we get? Thanks!!!!

    Posted on December 6th, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  79. Linda Ebersole Says:

    I have a Hass avocado tree planted close to my house. My house is on a concrete slab. Will the roots of the tree create a problem for the concrete slab?

    The tree was growing in my compost. I planted it about 4 years ago and it has grown well.

    Thank you for your information.

    Posted on March 13th, 2017 at 8:35 am

  80. Ron Says:

    I’ve got an avocado tree which has given fruit for about 4 years. It has gotten too tall (approximately (25-30 ft) and it recently was damaged by the cold spell. When can I safely prune it to bring the height down to a manageable height? Thank you.

    Posted on February 14th, 2018 at 10:49 pm

  81. Dennis Says:

    I live a quarter mile off the gulf. This was a bad winter (24). I put framed enclosure with blankets and plastic around tree with light bulbs as heat. The leaves browned, there are green branches and partially green leaves. How do I trim or what can I do to help tree recover. Tree is from 3 yrs old from florida large avacado.

    Posted on February 15th, 2018 at 10:09 am

  82. Art Says:

    2 years ago my avocado tree produced over 200 fruit. Last year about the same BUT something ate everything single one when they were the size of a large grape. The tree now has hundreds of flowers so how do I save them?

    Posted on March 16th, 2018 at 5:07 pm

  83. Darlene Bennett Says:

    I just moved into a house in Gulfport Fl and 2 huge Hass Avacado trees on the side of the house and the neighbor has lived across the street for 25 years and he said he has never seen it produce fruit. It’s loaded with babies and enjoying watching them produce into adult avocados

    Posted on April 29th, 2018 at 10:53 am