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Leona starts with ...
I bought a Wurtz today...anyone here had success with them? Cheers, Leona
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where from?
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Leona says...
I got mine from Bunnings for $35
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Manda says...
i got a wurtz from Wandillas in April this yr.... it is going great. It has a baby fruit on it already.
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Leona says...
thats cool Manda...have you planted yours or keeping in a pot? I am going to plant mine.
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littlegarden says...
I've been thinking about growing an avo for a while now, but the only variety I have room for is a Wurtz. Does anyone know if they grow successfully as far south as Melbourne? It'd be in a sheltered spot.

I know the kind that's recommended for the south is the Bacon but I don't have room for a full-sized tree.
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Tran says...
Yes, my friend has one in Wartina South and it does fruit.
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Alexa says...
Thanks Tran!
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Mick says...
Hi Leona, My Wurtz has been in the ground for 3 years and has 25 to 30 fruit on it.Not bad for a dwarf tree.Mick
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Pip says...
Hi...

How tall does the Wurtz grow in the ground and in a pot??

Can't seem to find the info anywhere...

Thanks.
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Brendan says...
Hello Pip, The Wurtz avo 'should' grow to ~ 3 metres in the ground, and ~ 2 to 2.5 metres in a large pot. If 3 metres is too tall, give it prune, no more than 20% at a time, but you can prune it every 1 or 2 years if you want. I'd wait 'till it fruited for a few years before any pruning.
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Batty says...
I've also got a Wurtz Avo thats been planted this season. Can anyone please advise what the go is with their leaf tips and sides becoming brown. I have planted it on sandy beach sand mixed with cow poo and mounded up, so drainage surely isn't an issue and I water it just about every day usinf scheme water not bore. Is it lacking in potassium or manganese which is is common in these parts (beach) ?

The plant is pretty well protected from the prevailing winds.

I get lots of news leaves which are beautiful that don't show the browning so I'm a bit perplexed ?

Anyone experienced the same and have sorted this out ?


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Julie says...
You say it is protected from the prevailing winds, but you are still (it seems) near the beach. So the most likely cause of browning is salt-laden winds.

I have seen the same thing on an avocado tree in Sorrento, even though it was protected by the house.
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joan says...
I just bought a Wurtz and live in Sydney. Do I have to protect it from winds or can I plant it in full sun and exposure?
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HappyEarth says...
Hey Joan, as with most trees best to protect it from winds. Full sun is fine but would prefer some afternoon sahde in summer if possible. Make sure soil drainage is excellant and keep up the water for the first few years. Wait until late september when the westerlies have died down before planting out.

This is a good article to read:

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1939805.htm

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Joan says...
thanks Rich
I have repotted it and it's on the balcony to aclimatise (I bought it in Queensland and drove down with it) so hopefully it will be nice and healthy to plant out in September. the article made me a bit afraid. i didn't know they were so fussy about wet feet. Hope I don't choose the wrong spot
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Tracey says...
Can anyone tell me what which month you harvest the Wurtz fruit?
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Brad says...
Also don't fertilize heavily for the first year or two. Fertilize more when they're larger.
Sorry Tracy - I don't know your area. Generally with Avos you can start picking when they're large enough and let them ripen off the tree. Taste will tell you when they're at their best.
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Brendan says...
Hi Tracey,
The Wurtz avo is rated as a 'mid to late' bearer, meaning it should bear fruit from say August to December. They usually bear for more than one month.

This also depends where you live, e.g., avos will bear earlier in northern Australia, and later down south.
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Noni says...
Was just about to plant 2 Wurtz avos when I was told that they are not the nicest of fruits!!
Has anyone tasted the Wurtz, what's it like in comparison to say the Hass?
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M Nash says...
Noni,
Wurtz are ok (most avos are).
However, Avos are either type A or B flower type. they friut best when type A&B are together.
Wurtz is flower type A.
If you dont already have type B flower avo, I would not bother plant two wurtz.
I would put a Fuerte with it instead.
that way it will extend your picking time and get better quality fruit.
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newbie says...
Hey, i bought my Mum a wurtz avocado tree a few months ago. we're going to plant it in a big tub/pot soon. I was wondering, will it bear as much fruit in a pot as it would in the ground? and how wide do wurtz trees grow? i.e. the width of the canopy.
Thanks a bunch!

Hannah (a newbie to growing things) :)
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allybanana says...
My understanding is avos are best left on the tree a few months once they get to full size to get the oil content and taste up.
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claire says...
Hi was just wondering if anyone could give me some advice as to what is the best and biggest Avocado variety to grow in Perth WA. We have a hass avocado tree which hasn't fruited yet but the hass avocadoes are not very big. Does anyone know what that large avocado fruit variety is that i have seen on other trees and where to get it from? (The type that do not turn purple like the Hass - stay green). Any advice appreciated thanks!!
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Charles cant spell says...
Biggest is not best. Flavour is of utmost importance if you are growing it yourself. Size is irrelevant unless you are using them in Salads for some gourmet restaurant. Bigger ones are harder to use before they go off. I am no expert but I recon 95% of the people with productive avo's in Perth would have Hass. Wurtz is a dwarf var tree wise, how much space do you have avo's can be 5m wide-5-7m high.

http://www.avocado.org.au/lifestyle/shopping/varieties.aspx
For the different varieties. Obviously a few others here in the Daily's Catalogue, but you migth struggle to get some of those in WA.

Ring Joe at Tass1 and see what he has locally.
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snottiegobble says...
According to Glowinski`s book BACON are the ones for cool climate. They are not big avos but quite tasty with a hint of er, dare I say it? bacon!!
Grows rapidly to a tall spire so needs tip pruning to keep fruit in reach. Fruits in 3rd year!! Wow!
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Brendan says...
Claire, large avocados are Reed & Linda.
Reed is a type 'A', and Linda is type 'B'.
What's wrong with large avos that turn purple? I have one and it's great, flesh can be 25 to 30mm thick :-)
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Jason says...
Claire, Reed has the best ratio of large fruit and good taste + it goes well in cooler climates (non subtopics). Glowinski was very impressed with the Bacon and it is a good fruit and a very good tree (for a type B) but he hadn't tried Hass or Reed in Melbourne at the time and imho they have both proven themselves to be better than Bacon in every way since that was written.

But they are a late season Guatemalan fruit, Bacon is not (It's Mexican and ripens about 6 months faster) so if you want Avocados almost year round you still need both a Hass/Reed and a Bacon or something else simmilar, If you want very large good tasting fruit and lots of them, then you want Reed.

Also one other thing to consider, Reed and Bacon are straight up very tall trees that don't take up all that much room at ground level, Hass is more spreading, more of a ball shape. All three are big trees in their own way. Wurtz and Rincon are small trees but you are starting to scrap the barrel with fruit quality if you go for those so it's better to get the big commercial varieties.

Also Lamb Hass is one I don't have but is more less like Hass but a larger fruit, they flog them in the supermarket as "Large Hass" to cash in on the Hass name, if you want to try one, look for "Large Hass" in the supermarket
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snottiegobble says...
You know your avos Jason! Great info for those planning to plant! Thanks!
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Lissa says...
Hi all. I'm in Strathpine, just north of Brisbane. I've attached a pic of my Dwarf Wurtz which is going great guns, even the floods didn't daunt it. Planted on the western side of the house and so far the westerly winds have not been a problem (it's just reaching 4' fence height with the protection of vines growing on the fence).

Because it's put on so much new growth I'm wondering if I should be shaping it with a little judicious pruning?
Do the lower branches just keep getting bigger at ground level - or do they grow upwards with the plant like the macca?

It has quite a lot of branches right up the stem from close to the bottom. It also tends to be "leaning" out in one direction - I would like to encourage growth on the other side of the lean.

It's been in a little over a year and has tripled in size - any idea when I can expect fruit?

Thanks
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Brendan says...
Hi Lissa,
Nice looking tree. I wouldn't do any pruning yet, wait til after it fruits, which should be after 3 years.
Wurtz is a genetic dwarf, so shouldn't grow too tall.
Yes, the lower branches do grow bigger.
I'd like to see it mulched outside your concrete rings, with no mulch at all in the ring.
Avos like gypsum (calcium) and sulphate of potash.
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Lissa says...
Thanks again Brendan.
I'll just let it keep doing it's thing then as it seems quite happy.
Won't be mulching outside the ring as I'm a tidy freak and it's doing just fine the way it is :)
May have to increase the size of the ring as the tree grows bigger. Attended a workshop and they stressed ring/mulch should equal spread (more or less)with no grass competition. I'll keep an eye on it and adapt.
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Brendan says...
Hi Lissa,
Here's a photo of my Lamb Hass with ring and mulch (cow manure plus). I use the ring to keep the mulch AWAY from the trunk, and hopefully stop collar rot or phytophthora root rot. It's been it about 18 months and seems to be going ok. I live out 'in the bush' also :-)
Btw, your Wurtz should be a nice tasting avo too.

(the photo enlargment isn't working yet, but should be next month).

I couldn't bring up the banana post(?), but I meant the tips of the actual bananas, Lady Finger bananas have a strange shaped tip.(i think)
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Lissa says...
Hi Brendan
That's one good looking avocado tree you have. Only one? You didn't go for an A and B with all the space you have?

I'll bear in mind your idea of using the ring to keep the mulch away from the trunk as the tree grows. At the moment I'm just using partly rotted down grass clippings as mulch as they're easy come by.

Do you mind me asking where in "the bush" you are? Everything looks green so your rainfall must be pretty good.
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Hi Lissa,
I've got 'only' eight avocado trees at the moment, two died earlier this year with the wet :-(
Have six 'A' type & two 'B' type. Ordered an Edranol, type 'B' not long ago.
Hopefully, that should be enough :-)

I live about 35km north of Mackay on a very rough bush block, and yes, we've had way too much rain in the last ten months :-) (just ask Wayne).
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Mike says...
i have a wurtzA,sharwilB,hazzardA,reedB and 2 shepardsB that are 6/7 years old. None are dwarfed and I have to prune the living daylights out of them to keep them 3.5m.Sharwil won't fruit and is on thin ice.Wurtz is light,regular but prone to bugs and fungus,reed has a heavy crop every 2 years,hazzard has a medium crop every year but the shepards are heavy and regular.Fruit quality of reed and shepard might be a feather ahead of hazzard and then wurtz.
I also has 1200mm in feb. 2011 and 3400mm in 2010 and they had to be babied through the fungus and bug attacks.
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Sorry reed is A
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Brendan says...
Mike, what do you mean exactly 'None are dwarfed'? Wurtz is.
Are these grafted trees or seed-grown?
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Mike says...
All are grafted and the written descriptions say wurtz is a dwarf and hazzard and shepard are semi dwarfs.They all boomed and wanted to be huge.I initially chopped the top 4.5m off the hazzard and thinned to the main branches.Then followed with others and cut them back each year after harvest.The wurtz is more defiant and wants to be tall but I will keep it to 3m. It took 4 years for a carabola to accept it would be short and thick and now it just needs a light regular 'haircut'.
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Jason says...
I think growing Avocados in Cairns where it's warmer than their native climate they will get a bit taller than normal but Wurtz will still top out before most varieties. If the Wurtz stopped at say 6 meters then the average variety would be happy to grow maybe 14 meters in the same place. In the end it's still a dwarf variety
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Mike says...
That is probably true.Wurtz is definately suited for somewhere cooler.In australia we have to make the best guatemalans and a little bit of mexican blood(sap) rather than west indians that would do better in the tropics.Hawaii,florida and SE asia have fabulous tropical varieties of many fruits not available here.My vegies are southern varieties grown during the short winter.I would love to have the tropical garlics and tomatoes to grow.
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Jason says...
Is there none of the varieties they grow commercially in Florida around North QLD? I'd thought they would be the normal Avocado up there if they are grown commercially at all.

Around Veracruz on the coast in Mexico which should be sort of similar climate to Cairns, there are native coastal Avocados (the "West Indian" type), all of them are HUGE Avocado's. Totally different to the ones that grow up in the mountains, they grow pretty much right on the beach so must be salt tolerant as well
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Brendan says...
Mike, I can help you with the garlic, but it's actually too late to plant it this year. (Photo of mine last week).

You really should be able to grow ANY tomato this time of the year up there.

Jason, you know much about the Nabal avocado? All I know it's a 'B'. I'm wondering about taste? Mate reckons they grow to just under soccer ball size! (I doubt it). Thanks.
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Jason says...
Nah Brendan I haven't seen or tasted a Nabal Avocado but I've seen some of those West Indian types get pretty big fruit, pear shaped and around 20cm in length?. Dunno about a Soccer ball :P.

Although I have seen pictures of the odd freak Cherimoya that size (about 3 kilos). They have a competition in Peru to see who can harvest the largest Cherimoya
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Mike says...
Where I live is much more simialar to Belize city in climate and latitude so its is a struggle to grow the californian guatamalans and mexican Xs.Nabal actuall is one of the earliest G's to reach california.Florida Xed in some WI and came up with the excellent Booth,brogdin,waldin,simmonds,tonnage and others and Hawaii came up with pearlers like masami,hayes and chang.Some of the hawaains are giants.These would be better suited to the qld coast and northern australia but I suppose there are too few people in the north to justfy bringing them.So to the tomatoes Brendan I grow many types in a narrow window of time each winter and the romas hang on into spring alright.It would like those eaquatorial and asian wet season varieties that resist fungus and grow all year around.Asian markets are loaded woth tropical shallots and garlics but we have only the temperate sorts.If you have tropical garlics I would be delighted tp releive you of some Brendan.
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Jason says...
The bottom of Veracruz where I would see these Avocados on the coast is the same latitude as Belize. But since it's not safe in Mexico right now and assuming they are into growing avocados in Belize you only then have to get over the importing seed problem. I have relatives in Cancun so if only you could bring seed I could get them posted easily from there
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Brendan says...
Mike, you sure you're in Cairns Australia? I'm sure you could grow tomatoes from late March to late September, that's a large 'window' to grow toms to me. Even then, you can grow roma/egg toms from Sep to Dec. I've even picked romas on Christmas day:-)

We'll have to do the garlic thing next year around April, as my brother has flogged all my 'seeds':-(
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Mike says...
Thanks Brendan,
March is my rainiest month and in April it is usually still hot and wet (av 300mm) so I plant toms in May. I harvest from July to September and the dregs can stretch out.I think Mackay can get away with planting 4 weeks earlier.Anyway it is only 12 possible weeks of harvesting and I was just saying it would be good to have the year round tropical/equatorial varieties.The garlic would be great thanks.
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Brendan says...
Mike, have a look at www.edenseeds.com.au , they have lots of 'tropical' tomato seeds. Eg, my brother grew Thai Pink Egg tomatoes (from Edens), right through our last wet season! That was unbelieveable!
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Mike says...
Great thanks Brendan that is one of the varieties that I was thinking about in particular.
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Lissa says...
Little concerned about Mike's Dwarf Wurtz wanting to get huge - mine is in my small front yard :S
Will just have to be seriously tough with it re pruning.

Here's a good pruning video I found on UTube (link is in the Brisbane Local Food group so hope it works for you):
http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/video/pruning-avocados

BLF is a great forum for discussion as well, if anyone is inclined to join us :)

PS Brendan - sounds like I should be trying these Pink Egg toms you talk about - I have no luck with toms during the hot/wet months.
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Brendan says...
Hi Lissa,
Friend has Wurtz avo tree, been in about 3 years and is only 1.8m (6') high.
Best to keep 'normal' avo trees around 3 to 4 m tall. Easier to pick & spray for anthracnose.
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Mike says...
Lissa my wurtz was crowded and grew up I have to admit.In full sun it will be shorter.to reduce disease risk mulch alot, make sure it is well drained and don't let the ph or fertliser balance get out of whack.The fruit in about 3 seasons.
For jicamas grow them like runner beans on a trellis in loose soil.They are just like beans and not that vigorous.Don't overload them with nitrogenous fertliser.
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Lissa says...
Thanks Brendan and Mike.
During the floods in Brisbane in Jan. a lot of gardening friends lost their Avo's due to waterlogging but mine continued quite happily. I must have fluked the right spot for it (only spot I had with my little yard so chocka!).

Sounds like I can expect it to remain dwarf.

I'm not anal about fertilising and PH - I give everything a dose of Organic Xtra a couple of times a year and have checked PH once in random spots around the yard and it was all good. I have been putting vegetable matter into the soil here for the past 10yrs so it's getting pretty delicious in most areas.

I tend to go by how healthy the plants look as to whether something needs "fixing" or not. Otherwise, I leave well enough alone.

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Manfred says...
Hi there , my Wurtz is less then three years in the ground witch a planet in charcoal sand soil seaweed and worm compost for the first time it has thousand of flower on , we Have less then 6 degrees of minus last winter ,I can't wait to see how many Avocado will set .
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Lissa says...
Post some pics of your fruit when it sets, won't you Manfred?
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Tommoz says...
I'm planning to have a grafted Wurtz in the orchard, but have read that avocado roots are very competitive and will choke out all surrounding plants. Any truth?

Also, how much would I lose in fruit production as a result of not having a B variety nearby, and how far away could it be to still cross-pollinate?
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Greg Verrall says...
Hi guys,

I have 2 dwarf avocado that I purchased from Daley's about 3 or 4 years ago (had 3 but the third one died in a heavy frost), I think they are Wurst. For the last 2 years these remaining 2 trees have been getting heaps foliage growth and were covered in flowers - but no fruit. Sometimes we get small fruit start, but I have never seen any bigger than a pea. We have 40 other fruiting trees in our yard and they are all doing well - it's just the avocado that is an issue.
Any suggestions?
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Brendan says...
Hi Greg, sounds like your avo trees have Anthracnose. Check out the video at: http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2011/05/05/3208266.htm

As Tom says, the 'wetter' is very important.
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CColl says...
Hi There,

I have a Wurtz Avocado tree. I am wondering when would be the best time to prune and where on the tree?

Its about 1200mm tall.

Thanks.
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Brendan says...
Why prune it CColl? Looks fine to me, it's flowering so it must be happy.
Even though the Wurtz is a dwarf, they do grow better in the ground IMO.
Leave it for now, and enjoy the fruit :-)
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Jason says...
I agree once they strart fruiting growth becomes quite slow and limited anyway.
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Brendan says...
My Hass in flower yesterday. I'm spraying for anthracnose at the moment with Mancozeb Plus, with a good wetter :-)
Tree is 4 years old. (I think)
Btw, that's a 'common mango' tree in full flower too on the right :-)
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vlct says...
She's loaded brendan..

Cool photo :)
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Markmelb says...
A friends Wurtz is starting to flower down here in Melb but with shorter flower stems - I would like to see some pics of fruit set and ongoing stages as my wurtz hasnt held fruit yet - do you have a B pollinator close by?
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Brendan says...
Yes Markmelb, there's a Shepard (B) about 6 metres away. It's still got a few flowers and there's tiny fruit forming.
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sternus1 says...
My grafted lambhass has set a lot of flowers. Supposed to be self pollinating but I have doubts.
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Markmelb says...
Sternus (man of many retorts) No such thing as a self pollinating Avo - go to avogrow.com - thats why hes planting 3 and 4 in a group to improve pollination using As and Bs together. I had such luck last year and still to pick 10 full size huge Avos on a 2yo tree in a 100lt bag coz it was a metre away from a flowering Bacon - do you have a Bacon 0r Ederanol nearby?
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Jason says...
That's a ridiculous amount of flowers!. I've never had that many flowers on any of my trees. But I'm quite excited about two seedlings which seem to be flowering enough to set fruit this year. I planted out two of my tiny Reed graftlings from earlier this year in the last couple days. I have one more Reed to plant and another rootstock already planted to take another scion this Summer. That'll take my Reed population to 6 trees.
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Markmelb says...
Jason - my grafted reed seedling is crackin on too - i think its on shepard rootstock - my recent graft I did with Parafilm look good still - no need for a bag when wrapped in this tape. Cherry grafts i did with parafilm are forcing buds thru it - and an early Vista graft i did on my Hawaiian Supreme are pushing buds too thru the film
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sternus1 says...
I thought it was too good to be true Mark. Only other I have is a Wurtz. The lambhass is a bunnings buy, one of those 'fruitlovers' trees. Supposedly on dwarfing rootstock, too.

Bees don't seem to care about the flowers much, hard to get them interested.
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Markmelb says...
No such thing as dwarfing rootstock either - LH is semi dwarf and Pinkerton a true dwarf.
Bees dont look at mine either - but Hoverflies and a different big blue backed blowfly love them - will take a pic of it this year to identify -

Sternus re Dragonfruit the inside of a lower branch got too cold and rotted - the inside stem ok and has 3 outside remains of the green leaf bit - but still lives and looks ok - its near base but lives - has that happened up north?
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sternus1 says...
That doesn't happen here, never gets cold enough Really. Well it doesn't happen to mine in Brisbane, but they don't see frost either, which would do the same thing. It will be ok, but the downside is that you'll have to wait longer for fruit the more this happens. So long as the central skeleton is ok, the plant will live. They really, really like powerfeed and mineral water--just be aware that powerfeed and seasol deteriorate rapidly, so you can't use them as liquid ferts in drip line injector systems. You're actually supposed to use the whole bottle/pack the day you open it. Don't use citrus ferts or similar, you'll end up with malformed shoots which won't develop.Trace elements are ok, dynamic lifter is ok too. Main thing is to pot them in pure, high-grade compost and washed river sand, probably about 60% compost, 40% sand. Something porous and light enough to soak up the powerfeed/seasol and something that drains.
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Brendan says...
Jason, I've been giving my avo trees wood ash from my wood stove. Wood ash has a lot of Potassium (K), which helps promote flowering & fruiting, but don't tell anyone ;-)
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gimme says...
I dont have to pull my flowers off avos or mangos bloody possums stripped most of them which saves me doing it while the trees are young. I see a couple of baby avos on my lamb hass
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Friend of a friend sent me this pic of some Hawaiian avocados. Anyone know what variety they are?
Probably got a big seed & taste like crap?
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Geoffrey says...
I have a Wurtz avocado(7YRs)(Type A group)- plenty growth and tiny avocados which fall off every year.Ive been told either to get another tree in Type B group(ie Bacon,Lianos,Edranol,Hass Sharwell or Shepard) or graft onto existing tree.Waiting to see how the graft takes

Hope this helps
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Waterfall says...
I would think if you are getting fruit set then its not a pollination problem, more likely a lack of water or the tree is still too immature to hold lots of fruit.
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Markmelb says...
Waterfall is probably correct - if you notice leaves wilting in summer it needs a water - give afternoon shade and wind protection. On a warm to hot day mine in 200lt bag doesnt wilt as easily now but is holding 3 cute Wurtz Avos after 5 years and last 3 dropping the lot when olive sized - in winter they dont need much if any water as cold or will get root rot - your biggest enemy.
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JBavo says...
Is there such a thing as a non-dwarf Wurtz? I just bought one, and the label says it grows to 10metres? I wanted a smaller tree.
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Brendan says...
Wurtz avo trees are all dwarf, I'd say they used a generic LABEL. (Used on many avo trees!)
Don't panic, you have a dwarf :-)
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JBavo says...
Thank you, Brendan!
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