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Avocado in pot: How to?

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sternus1 starts with ...
So I have a few avocadoes I've just potted up (55L pots).I have wurtz, lambhass, and fuerte. They're all on dwarf rootstock. I didn't really know what do, so I just mixed premium potting mix with a bunch of coarse river sand at a ratio of about 35%.

How do I fertilise/water these? How much fruit can I reasonable expect to harvest from potted dwarf avos?

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gimme says...
Dwarfing rootstock for avo's? Tell me more...
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sternus1 says...
Can't really, beyond the fact that they are. Picked them all up from Bunnings carseldine.
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JohnMc1 says...
Don Burke recommends adding 50% course river sand to potting mix to hold some body as the mix breaks down. I think you're on the right track. Avo's like a lot of water but not/never stand in it.
I've seen groves of avo's doing really well up the hill, but whole rows of trees on the low side have died from sitting in too much water..

A tip I also got from an avo farmer, spray them with Phosacid every 6 weeks (Yates antiriot) it's a harmless chemical that's in Coca Cola, not that I'm endorsing Coke is good. Phytophthora is a curse on Avo's in this area. Before I had realised, I missed spraying a Hazzard, the disease was at a point where nothing could save the tree.
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sternus1 says...
Cheers John, I've never used antirot before but will definitely get some next bunnings trip. Have you grown avos in pots before? I'm wondering if it is worth it, I will probably just plant them in the ground and leave them to god if I'm only going to get a couple of fruits every season.

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Brendan says...
Hi sternus1, in the USA, I've seen them grow avos in pots until they're about 3 to 4 years old, then cut the base out the pot, then plant that ON the ground with great success.
I would dig in some gypsum & dolomite where the tree is going to live.
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