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"Linda" avocado

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I notice that Tropical Fruit World in Murwillumbah is selling "Linda" avocado plants for $40 each. I haven't heard of this variety being present in Australia. Does anyone in the forum know whether it is type A or B and the characteristics of the fruit or tree?
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Brendan says...
Hi Phil,
The Linda avocado is a type 'B' and can bear fruit up to 600g (in ideal conditions), which is very large. Hass bears fruit 150 to 200g in weight. Taste of Linda is rated great.
It can grow to 6 metres high, but I would keep it pruned to about 4 metres.
My brother has one and it's growing like mad.
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Phil. says...
Thanks Brendan, I think I'll lash out and buy one while they're in stock to add to the collection!
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Brendan says...
Hi Phil,

Don't forget, avocados don't like wet feet.

When planting in clay / heavy soil, plant on a mound (i use bagged cow manure & cheap potting mix with lots of gypsum).

When planting in sandy soil, dig lots of bagged cow manure, a bit of gypsum AND dolomite. Make this circle ~ 1.5 metres diameter & into the top 300mm. NO fertilizer hey.

If you already have a 'collection' of avos, you know how to grow them. They can be tricky.

Good luck.
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Phil says...
OK thanks for that, yeah the soil here is on the heavy side but drains away fairly well.
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BJ says...
TFW said their Linda's can get up to 1.5kgs. That's a massive Avo!
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Yes they're impressive to look at, flavour only average tho worse luck..
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Mike says...
I believe Linda is an Hawaiin variety of WI strain and considered better than hass in Hawaii.I didn't know any of those WI strains and Hawaiin bred types were here.
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Brendan says...
G'day Phil,
Try giving your average tasting avo tree some Magnesium Sulphate (epsom salts), Sulphate of Potash & boron.
That should improve the flavour.

They like organic fertilizer, aged manure, lots of mulch as well.
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
OK thanks Brendan, haven't tasted fruit from my own tree yet - TFW often has Linda fruit for sale along with young trees so have only had experience with what they produce.
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BJ says...
Mike, Morton has it listed as a Guatemalan type.
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Mike says...
BJ I checked and you are correct it is pure gautemalan actually coming from that country in 1914 and propagated in Florida from 1917 onwards.Like WI it has a low oil content (10-14%) and is very large.I am sure I saw something that wrongly IDed it as WI before.
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Jason says...
Just remember West Indian race Avocados are actually from Mexico and are all over Mexico and Guatemala. The difference between them and other Avocados is they are a sea level tropical plant and live on the coast right next to the beach almost in the sea most of the time. Where the purple thin skinned high oil content and high altitude ones are found in the Valley of Mexico at 2000 meters and up where it's more like Melbourne most of the time.

Large fruited seedlings with fruit over a kilo is pretty standard for those
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