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avocados in melbourne

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lynne starts with ...
Has anyone had success with Fuerte avocado trees fruiting in Melb?

Alternatively, has anyone been able to keep their Bacon tree smallish and still fruit?

If not, how wide does your bacon avocado tree grow to (ie how much space is required)?

Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences
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7th September 2008 10:03am
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Tran says...
Hi Lynne,

Yes, I have seen one big tree which has fruits every year in Clayton (corner of North road and Clayton road). It has some normal and cocktail little ones (aborted seed).
I have hass and fuerte trees in one hole 20 cm apart on bacon root stocks. They are very small grafted trees about 1 m tall and one of them has flowers at the moment. They have been on the ground for 2 years.
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lynne says...
Thank you Tran. I meant to ask about Wurtz - if anyone has had success with Wurtz here. We have very little space left. It sounds like yours are small. I wonder if you can keep them small and still get them to fruit. I asked about growing it in a pot but a forum member said it didn't work for him. I will have a look to the North Rd one to see how big it gets again...
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Tran says...
Hi Lynne,

Yes, one of work mates has a 4 year old Wurtz. He gave us 2 fruits about 2 years ago when it first fruited. So definitely it is OK in Mebourne to grow this type of avocado.
The one in North road is about 3 meter tall in the back yard facing Clayton road. It is about 30 years old.
If you have limited space, garden world recomended Wurtz even in a pot because it is a dwaft veriety.
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11th September 2008 7:46am
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lynne says...
Tran you're a star - you've given me the answer I was hoping for! I've already started ringing around for a Wurtz. There should be enough space in the ground for it. Even though we've got info from Dial Before you Dig, we still can't figure out where all the drainage pipes are located, so a small tree is the safest option. Thanks very much for your help Tran and such a prompt reply too (which is great as I know it has to be planted sooner rather than later).
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Tran says...
Thanks Lynne, you are welcome. You can get a diagram of all your sewage pipes of your house from Your water authority of your area (Southest water?)

Mine suppose to be big trees but because I have not watered them much in the last two years that why they are just like dwaft. I mulch them heavily.

Good luck.
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lynne says...
Yes when we rang Dial B4 u Dig, they got Water, Electricity & Telstra to send all sorts of diagrams. But we found them hard to read. Hmm that's an interesting method - withholding water to restrict size. Sounds like they're not drying out due to mulch. I'll start fertilising the banana like you said previously.
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esther says...
Thanks folks.. I saw Wurtz at Poynton's on the weekend but wasn't sure whether to get them.
I was holding out for a Bacon as Louis Glowinski says they are best for cooler climates but now it's planting time maybe a Wurtz is the go.
Anyone know if they're good eating?

thanks Melb folks for sharing!
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16th September 2008 10:27am
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Tran says...
For the 2 Wurtz fruits given to me the owners picked them a bit earlier than their peak. They eventually got soften after 2 weeks and they were sort of Ok but I reckon if they were left on the tree for another month then it would be good eating.
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