Larger than Usual Crop Loads Can Stress an Avocado Tree
In spring, it's important to examine your avocado groves for signs of stress.
Using the Avocado Tree Growth Cycle to Manage Groves
Understanding the avocado tree growth cycle for cultural management decisions is critical to identifying challenges and opportunities within your avocado grove.
How to Calculate If Your Avocado Trees Are Stuck in an Alternate Bearing Cycle
One of the most important avocado grove cultural management practices is walking your grove and taking notes on the health, growth cycles and management principles you’ve applied for your trees. Notes such as this can also help you determine whether or not your avocado groves are in an alternate bearing cycle.
Cultural Management Tips for Excessive Flowering on Avocado Trees
Having a good idea how many flower buds are developing and the progress of flower bud growth are useful pieces of information for growers in their decision making. By determining if flowering will be stronger than expected a grower can alter harvest timing decisions.
On-crop Versus Off-crop Cycles
Alternate bearing is a two-year on-crop/off-crop cycle that results in high-quantity harvests in one year, followed by small-quantity harvests in the next year.
Balance is Key to Managing Alternate Bearing Cycles
Unlike deciduous fruit trees that have defined seasons and go dormant annually — avocado trees are subtropical/tropical fruit trees that never go dormant. They are always growing and developing — even in winter. It takes two years to develop an avocado fruit from bud break of a vegetative shoot to harvest.
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