Just one Avocado

Karly30February 1, 2012

If you had room for just one Avocado, what would you choose? I would like something I can keep on the smaller side. I have a small hillside i could plant it in, so it would have decent drainage. I was thinking of Gwen, but now I'm reading talk of many other hard to find varieties and am unsure.

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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Jan Boyce. Hand's down.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 5:52PM
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Karly30

Tell me more Patty!

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 6:20PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Jan Boyce has been deemed the "best of the best" by Julie Frink, who is the curator of the Avocado Variety Collection at the South Coast Research Center in Irvine, the home of one of the largest avocado collections in the country. Julie has dubbed this avocado the "connoisseur's avocado" and for good reason. It is just superlative, smooth, rich, nutty, firm, delicious. Plus, the tree is nice and vigorous. My teeny, tiny Jan Boyce I planted last year has at least tripled in size, and it is VERY happy up on my slope. I'll snap a pic of it tomorrow. It was just a stick when I planted it, and I thought, "oh brother, it will never make it through the winter." I think I planted it in Nov. of 2010, actually, not the best time to plant an avocado. It didn't give a hoot, and it is just growing great guns. Here are some great articles for you to read about the Jan Boyce, plus, I'll give you a link to a source that was just shared by NorCalNiko on our forum in another recent thread.

http://articles.latimes.com/2005/nov/24/home/hm-avocado24

http://ucavo.ucr.edu/AvocadoVarieties/VarietyList/JanBoyce.html

The only negative, if you can call it one, is they do not peel easily. but a spoon will work just fine!

Patty S.

Here is a link that might be useful: Epicenter Avocado Trees & Fruit: Jan Boyce

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 9:20PM
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Karly30

My only concern is that Jan Boyce is supposed to be a monster. Can I keep it to a reasonable size without losing all the fruit? What if I had room for jan Boyce and a second smaller one? What would you get to extend the season out?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 11:10PM
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NorCalNiko(USDA 9 Sunset 16/17)

I had a similar issue. I'm planting a Jan Boyce with a Sharwil, which is a much smaller variety. It's supposed to be excellent as well, though I've never tasted one... The Sharwil isn't listed on the Epicenter site, but they have them. Just request one.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 5:40PM
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Karly30

Okay, I just emailed Epicenter about a Jan Boyce and a Sharwil. So exciting!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 7:25PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

You can keep them smaller via pruning. The Dave Wilson guy said he has 4 different kinds and keeps them on the small side (10') and has year round avocados. You get less fruit per tree, but with year round avocados, you don't need a huge amount at any one time.

Reed is really good too.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 6:37PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

That's exactly what I will be doing to my avos, hoovb. And my fruit trees, too :-) Even my citrus trees are being kept smaller and short. We have a "No Ladders" rules here for our fruit trees, lol! When we bought this house, we inherited a few fruit trees, one being a Panache fig which had gotten really tally. It was very pretty, but I couldn't even come close to picking all those lovely figs that were about 12 to 15 feet off the ground. So, I really limbed the tree last year. It's already starting to push out new leaves, and though we'll probably have fewer figs this year, at least I'll get to eat them all :-)

Patty S.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2012 at 5:13PM
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Karly30

How did you guys get a hold of epicenter to order? I submitted the web form and no one responded to me.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2012 at 3:11PM
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sautesmom

They take a while to respond anyway, plus I am sure they are now being overwhelmed with Gardenwebbers. :)
Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   February 7, 2012 at 7:33PM
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