Avocados (Persea Americana) are one of the largest berries with a creamy texture and the tastiest flavor. We eat them as a spread, guacamole, dips, and whatnot. They are a potential cure for indigestion, decreasing depression, etc.
So, now that you know all that avocados gift us, are you wondering how to produce them? Are you wondering how long does it take an avocado tree to bear fruit if you start today? Let me tell you, be patient, it’s a long journey, but for these tasty greeneries? The wait is worth it.
How long does it take for an avocado tree to bear fruit?
It takes 10 to 15 years for an avocado tree to bear fruits if you grow it from the seed. And from a plant, it takes around 3-5 years depending on the variety of avocado trees.
The time it takes for the tree to bear fruit varies depending on where you buy your tree from and where you are planting them.
How to get an avocado tree to bear fruit?
Avocado trees are very particular about their requirements. If you see your avocado tree is not giving you fruit after maturing, you need to step back and check the following things.
Produces well in sandy and coarse soil. But they can grow in other varieties of sand as well. Soil pH is not an issue for an avocado tree. Avoid high saline containing soils. Make sure your soil is not iron deficient.
Over-watering, flooding, draining poorly can be a cause of the death of an avocado tree. Water the soil as long as the soil is enough to wet and not set enough to crumble. The best way is to check the soil with your hands.
They need little pruning, but you can cut out the terminal buds for better growth of new branches. You can also trim them to keep them in a shape. But over-pruning can delay the production of avocados.
Avocado trees produce better under the sun. Even though shade doesn’t kill them, they are unlikely to produce in shady places. Avoid planting them too close to one another or close to houses and other structures. Also, make sure they are not open to heavy winds as that can harm the foliages.
Check if the temperature is between 70-100 degrees. Below and above these temperatures can cause the fruits to drop or lessen the amount of production.
Mix zinc, boron, manganese, and molybdenum together to make a spray and spray this mixture between regular intervals of April to August.
For the first three years, fertilize the avocado trees 6 times a year. After that, the next two years you can come down to fertilize them four times a year. Start from a minimum of 1.5 lbs fertilizer and be sure to use up to 18-20 lbs of fertilizer in these 5 years.
The easiest way to divide the amount of fertilizer you will use is, each time, use the double amount from the previous year and add 2 lbs more (e.g. 1.5*2=3, then add more 2 lbs 3+2 = 5lbs in total).
At least two avocado trees are necessary to grow avocados. Avocado trees bloom two kinds of flower A-type and B-type. As both are open to pollination, you just have to make sure you plant both types of trees for better results. If both avocado trees are growing in the same garden, the production rate will be more than before.
What time of year do avocado tree bear fruit?
Avocado trees mostly produce fruits from April to September. To be more specific, avocados grow well from late winter to early summer. The production goes on for many months. So if you want, you can save some of the fruits to harvest in other seasons.
- In Australia, the production time is from June to late July. But those avocados are of medium size and fall as soon as the fruits ripe. They don’t follow the ripe procedures of other avocados.
- In California, though, avocados take two months of spring to pollinate. Production goes on from late winter through early summer.
- In Asian countries, for example in Indonesia, the peak of production is from October to March but continues throughout the rest of the year.
So, even though the production goes on for a long period, the peak production time depends on your geographical location.
How long does it take for an avocado fruit to ripen?
There are two ways you can count the time length to have a ripe avocado. One is counting the time they take to grow fully and mature, the other is counting the time they take to ripe after picking.
- Grow and eat: It takes avocados 12 to 18 months to grow and mature. After this period, they become ready to eat. So the avocados we see in markets are approximately 12 to 18 years old.
- Pick and ripe: After picking the avocados it takes leaving them at room temperature for 7 to 10 days to ripe. You can slow the procedure by keeping the avocados in the refrigerator or fasten it by keeping the avocados with other ripe fruits in a bag.
Avocado production rate
- A tree can produce 200 – 300 avocados in one year of production when it is 5 to 7 years old.
- In “biennial bearing” or “alternate bearing” cases, if a tree produces large production in one year, it may produce less in the next year. Sometimes, the trees only produce every other year only. This means if a year’s production rate is good, be ready to have less or no production at all in the next year.
- An avocado tree can grow crops up to 50 years after they are mature produce.
Growing avocados is a lengthy process that will need a lot of patience and occasional effort. But if you stick with fulfilling all the requirements an avocado tree needs, you will get these fresh, tasty berries with a large production, for years!! And be sure to not stop in the midway when Avocado is the “fruit” of your patience.
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