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Avocado: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Avocado is a tasty and unique addition to any garden or indoor grow area! Although most avocado trees do best in moderate temperatures, there are some that can tolerate freezing temperatures. Avocado can be planted by seed or transplanted from a nursery. It’s more of a guaranteed method by taking a graft from a tree. A transplant could produce fruit within 2-3 years, whereas if you grow from seed it can take 8 or more years. This blog post will show you how how to grow avocado right in your own backyard if the climate is compatible or indoors if needed!

How to Grow:

Avocado trees are best planted after your last spring frost or 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

If transplanting, dig a hole about triple the size of the pot that your avocado tree has come in. Give about 20 feet between each tree. Be sure to plant where it will get full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water weekly. If you are in a cooler area where an avocado tree will not survive outdoors, you can use a 20 gallon or larger smart pot as a tree bag to be able to transfer between indoors and outdoors as needed.

If starting by seed, the tried and true method is to place toothpicks into a washed and dried seed and place the seed submerged in water. See full steps here

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for avocados:

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You can begin to harvest from your avocado tree after about 2-4 years after transplanting and 8+ years after growing from seed.

Avocados are unique in that they do not ripen fully while on the tree. They will be ready to harvest in the late summer to fall seasons. They may be slightly soft, but not mushy. Using a pair of pruners simply cut directly above your avocado when ready to harvest.

Cooking & Eating!

Avocados are a great addition to your meals! Add some avocado to wraps, salads, and burritos or use as guacamole for chips or quesadillas!

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