Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Survivor: Avocado Edition - UPDATE!

I posted last fall on the many young avocado trees growing in my yard... and their expected demise.

Then we had a mild winter. There were still frosts, however, yet none of the young trees got even a touch of damage. I'm amazed... and starting to wonder if avocados have a greater range than advertised.

That little tree is near a towering water oak, which could explain its escape... but still... even the trees further out were unharmed.

Also, the large totally tropical avocado tree (origin: Thailand) I planted in almost full shade did fine as well:

We'll see what happens in the future. My bet is that as the hardier trees in the food forest take off, the cushioning effect of trapped warm air will increase these trees chances even in rougher winters than the one we just went through.

Time will tell... and there's really no monetary loss even if they do kick off. Pits are free - and of course, the more things you start, the more chances there are for you to discover either a perfect spot for one of them, or more cold-hardy genes, or both. Seedlings are tough.

Trees from seed = good practice.


At March 5, 2014 at 7:24 AM , Anonymous wendi said...

Good practice? I thought the pits from store fruit would not produce fruit themselves.

At March 5, 2014 at 7:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could be they are surviving because they are still close to the ground. I think your suggestion that the possibility that as the food forest matures, microclimates will develop and add to the resilience of the avocados is reasonable.


At March 5, 2014 at 8:56 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Many of the avocado trees down south were from pits planted by enterprising gardeners - check out Eddy's tree for one example:

At March 5, 2014 at 8:57 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

"Close to the ground" is a good possibility. There's definitely a thermal effect there.

At March 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM , Anonymous Andi | said...

Can you graft an avocado tree? Now I'm even more motivated to start some avocado seedlings this year to plant in the "back 40" (which for me, is about 40 square feet).

At March 5, 2014 at 7:11 PM , Blogger David The Good said...


At March 6, 2014 at 12:04 PM , Blogger jean said...

Well, I'm glad your avocado trees are doing good, so far. Here's to avocado by the gallons in your future!

At March 18, 2015 at 9:32 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Hi David
I would like to know if you have purple sweet potato plant for sale (Okinawa sweet potato)

At March 18, 2015 at 9:54 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

I have a very few. Drop me an e-mail from the link on the sidebar.


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