This section contains useful tips and information for new California avocado growers. A more robust archive of cultural management practices can be found in the Cultural Management Library.

Irrigation and Salinity Glossary of Terms

  • Aug 14, 2013

ECe. Soil salinity is measured as the salt concentration of a soil solution in terms of electrical conductivity (EC). For soil salinity, the EC is written as ECe.  Irrigation. Providing water to soil in order to create a favorable environment for plants. Leaching. Dissolving and transporting excess soluble salts from the root zone of the soil by applying and then draining excess water in the...

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Avocado Root Health

  • Jun 12, 2013

Healthy avocado roots play an important role in producing consistent high-quality avocado crops from healthy avocado trees. Roots provide nutrients and water for strong healthy leaves, good shoot growth, flowering and fruit set, and avocado fruit growth.

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Assess Avocado Groves to Identify Problems in Advance

  • Jun 05, 2013

The most successful California Avocado growers apply different cultural management activities throughout the year. The key is knowing what to do and how much of a particular activity to do in order to properly support the trees at each stage of the growth cycle.

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Using the Avocado Tree Growth Cycle to Manage Groves

  • Jun 04, 2013

Understanding the avocado tree growth cycle for cultural management decisions is critical to identifying challenges and opportunities within your avocado grove.

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Meeting the Needs of Avocado Trees During Spring Flowering

  • Apr 11, 2013

Unlike deciduous fruit trees, avocado trees never go dormant, thus avocado trees have three concurrent growth cycles. They are developing the current year’s fruit and providing nutrients and resources that mature the fruit for harvest. They are supporting the needs of the year two fruit set that will be harvested the following year.

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Spring Assessment of Avocado Groves

  • Apr 11, 2013

It’s important to walk your avocado groves, make observations and record the specific details about the state of your avocado trees year-round. This allows you to track changes over time and review your cultural management decisions. What should you look for and record in spring?

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