possible to identify an avocado?

goldfinchyAugust 18, 2012

Hi,

I used a pit from a "Haas" avocado purchased at a store, please see the photo.

But... it is not a Haas, 100%. Haas has dark green leaves that don't look like rabbit ears.

Is it possible to say at least approximately what variety is that?

Just curious..

Thanks!

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fabaceae_native

The only thing I can tell you for sure is that your avocado seedling is definitely half something other than Hass. This has nothing to do with what it looks like because I don't think it's possible to identify the parentage of your seedling from the leaves. Leaf morphology is highly variable, especially when comparing very young plants with mature ones.

Rather I know Hass could only have been one parent because avocados require cross-pollination with another variety that has a different flowering habit (These are grouped into A or B varieties based on what time of day the male and female flower parts are viable). Below is a short list of common varieties that would pollinate type A flowered Hass.

But it seems a bit arbitrary to know the parentage anyway, since you're dealing with a seedling that by definition is genetically distinct from both it's parents.

TYPE B FLOWER AVOCADOS:
Fuerte
Jim
Kahaluu
Murashige
Nabal
Sharwil
Stewart
Whitsell
Zutano

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 3:14PM
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goldfinchy

fabaceae_native,

Thanks for your explanation, I'll check the varieties you mentioned for the leaf shapes. In the worst case, I have a new variety ! :)
I like how it looks and grows, very bright green and compact.
I just replanted it in a 5-1-1 mix.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 8:27PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

And, it will take anywhere from 5 to 13+ years for it to bear fruit, so be patient :-)

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 12:18AM
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