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Has anyone come across the Gem Avocado (A) Variety in Australia as yet? Looks like a good yearly bearer and is a daughter of Gwen Avo.
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11th March 2015 9:19pm
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LP says...
Hi Markmelb, not yet, but I'm trying to find one too. They do well in Southern California which has a similar climate to Perth, where I am. I'll keep looking...
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31st March 2015 11:53pm
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AvoCons says...
Hi Markmelb & others. I have recently taken over the management of Gem Avocado™ in Australia and it is not yet available for home gardens - Gem Avocado is only available to commercial farmers with the payment of nursery and production royalties. Limited quantities of the fruit will be available this year If you want to see more about it, see www.avocadofarmadvice.com and go to the Gem Avocado page.

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Markmelb says...
I did a search and Sunrasia Nurseries has Gwen but is a patented variety as was Lamb Hass but I got my Lamb Hass via Birdwood retail 3 years ago so Gwen wont be far away I guess and then wont have room for any more Avo plantings by then - garden is already too full :)
also found thi link worth a read http://www.freshplaza.com/article/95835/Westfalia-has-new-superior-avocado-than-Hass
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LP says...
Hi AvoCons, thanks for the info. Can you give any indication as to whether the Gem may eventually be available for private use?
Thanks
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5th April 2015 11:06pm
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Markmelb says...
LP - Have you got yourself a Lamb Hass yet as theres been plenty around at the major good nurseries here in melb?
Ive eaten about 15 from my 4 trees.
There are only 4 on the one in the grounds first fruiting. This is actually growing typically true to type very compact with branches hanging to ground

Dont know how my reply got guzumped by a minute as wasnt there when checked after.Must have been an April 1st glitch?
BTW has anyone read this about Birwoods sale? http://www.birdwoodnurseryforsale.com.au/business.html
Looks to my like the GEM isnt part of Birdwoods rights at all and that the manager I had the chance to talk to once about clonal rootstocks came from Westfalia - a large Avo company in South Africa.
Maybe a clonal Gem or Lamb Hass may be available to the home grower one day as cheap as they are in California??
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Markmelb says...
From what Ive read so far GEM Avocado owners want not only a royalty fee on every plant sold but royalties from the crop itself. They do the same with their mangoes too but they cant stop home growers growing Honey Gold because its a Polyembyonic seed. Maybe plant a few Gem seedling and you may get a better one - Westfalia have this Huge Avozilla also on the royalties roundabout too - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/aug/30/avozilla-world-largest-avocado-sale
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Rob19 says...
Hi Mark,
where in Melbourne have you seen the Lamb Hass trees? I haven't seen any in the Western Suburbs....happy to make a trip out east if there still around.
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Markmelb says...
Hi Rob - posted a message on your page - but call Garden World Springvale - they got alot in & my have some left?
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Rob19 says...
Thanks Markmelb!
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Brendan says...
Hi Rob19, Bunnings here in Mackay are selling Lamb Hass avo trees at their two stores, not cheap.
Large LH avo trees are $52, and smaller ones are $27.
Was tempted but already have good one :-)
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lionsonlyons@hotmail.com says...
Hi Mark,
Can you let me know if you managed to source the Gem variety . As i am also wanting 5 or so plants ...Cheers Anthony 0410457888
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Markmelb says...
Hi Anthony - You will probably never find a grafted Gem - You can try growing from seed and get similar traits but Gwen may be still available somewhere. I dont think Gem will become all that popular in fruit shops as seed is big and other cvs taste a tad better imho - Gem should be available for home growers as is a prolific producer as is its mother Gwen.
Or get a Lamb Hass as is Semi Dwarf and readily available now.
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