I have a newly cleared spot in the corner of my backyard that I think would work well for an Avocoda tree, or at least my future stomach hopes it will. I'm just wondering how successful people have been with getting them to fruit consistently in Melbourne? Were you able to plant Hass or did you go a different variety, and are they self-fertile for you? I don't think I have room for 2.
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I believe Hass is a tropical variety and needs very deep soil. You'll be better to get a variety that suits the Melbourne climate and is more suited to backyards. See if you can find a Bacon - most people think its the best for cold climates. If you get something that's grafted you should be up and running quicker with fruit. You'll also need to get a spot that's frost-free and has good drainage. Use plenty of gypsum and compost before planting. And after planting make sure it gets plenty of water in summer. You don't need two but might get more fruit if you do. They are partially self-fertile, so they can produce fruit on their own but will do better if you pair them up with a tree from the other group. Good luck!
Hi Eric, Have a look at Daley's Fruit Trees as they have great information for growing Avocados - http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/search.php?q=avocado
The tree will grow as long as you don't have heavy frosts. Keep it protected from cold winds and in a warm location.
As mentioned, find a variety that will fruit in your climate and consdier growing 2 varieties so you have them fruiting as different times.
The main thing to keep in mind is to grow them in a well drained location, as they don't like to grow in damp soil.
A raised mound or sloping land is the best location to grow.
Keep us posted on how you go!!
I'm keen too! Avos are insanely expensive but so so good. I have a spot that I think might work. Thanks for the tips @CathM
I saw on Instagram that you have planted some avocado trees. What varieties did you go with? Have you got any tips you can share?
Hope all is well.
I went with Hass and Bacon thanks to the insightful Karen Sutherland - https://youtu.be/CrzeBlKs2s0
So far so good. ☺️