Avocado trees recomendation

fagopher(zone 5)September 10, 2008

Hi All,

I have never tried this so it would be a silly question.. still..

I want to fit as many fruit trees as reasonably possible in my not so big backyard... My wife would like to have the avocado and I know it is a large tree.. I might have space for one of this .. but I believe it needs at least 2 of them, male and female... and if they are both large I would not have space for them.. .

Is there a type of avocado that is not so large or that can be planted alone and still produce fruit?

In any case... which one you recommend for this area (seminole county) and have tasty fruits?

btw... I really appreciate all the help I have gotten from you in fixing my backyard..


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Most hybrids don't need cross-pollination. My neighbor has a Brogdon, which is a WONDERFUL avocado, great for guacamole. Hers is more bushy than treelike, due to the top freezing out the first winter she planted it, but it was loaded this year, and she didn't even fertilize it.

I hear that Lulu is a nice fruit, and it's usually what they use for rootstock, so really hardy and easy to grow.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 5:57PM
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I planted a Brogdon 5 years ago and now have a tree that is approx. 15 feet tall with an approx. 8 foot diameter. I really like the Brogdon; good fruit and a consistent producer. Recommend it.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 8:33PM
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The brogdon is recommended for this area because it is more cold hardy than most of the other varieties and it does not need a pollenator. The fruits are less watery so they are the best for making guacamole as well as eating fresh.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 8:47PM
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cindeea(FtMyers 10)

This makes me cry, I bet Lisa is sobbing too. Why can't we grow Avocados???bYou guys have done well. Anyone have photos?

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 9:03PM
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Cindeea---So, why can't you grow an avocado? You can. My son lives in Cape Coral and I bought him 2 trees last year and they are doing great. The advantage of growing where you are is that you don't have to worry about winter protection. You have a greater selection of trees to pick from also. Although, the Brogdon is still desirable that far south too.

One thing that is important about growing avocados is that they don't like their feet wet. The soil should be mixed with something to improve drainage. I presume that you don't have sandy soil like we do here in central Florida. In my son's yard the coral-type soil drained slowly, so I mixed in a bag of top soil at the planting site. That fixed the problem. Planting the tree slightly elevated also helps with drainage. Treehouse Nursery in Pine Island has a very good selection of avocado trees and other interesting tropical fruit trees.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 5:09AM
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fagopher(zone 5)

Ok.. I went to purchase the avocado tree to Lukas Nursey in seminole and I picked a brogdon one... when I was ready to pay, they recommended me better thee Lula. They said it produces for longer time (Oct-Jan) and have better flavor, they also said that cold hardiness was similar to the others... I ended buying the Lula avocado instead.. (well, it makes sense if it produces longer and have better flavor)

I looked online and it says Lula "maybe" recommended for home landscape... so now I am more confused..

So can anyone give me feedback on this ?

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 3:54PM
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dghays(Z10A FL Brevard)

I love my Brogdon, it grew extremely fast and is now 12' wide and over 12' tall, after being topped twice. They have a fantastic flavor. Haven't tasted Lula yet, got a small one though.


    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 8:44PM
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Lulu is a very nice fruit, and like I said above, it's used as rootstock for a lot of other trees, so it's a very hardy variety. You won't go wrong with it.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 10:07PM
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pedroza(Calif. zone 9)

i have 4 avocado trees, one is a Gwen purchased from a nursery.it is 9 years old and i keep it cut down to under 7 feet.2 of them are grafts from this tree, they are about 4 to 5 years old and are under 5 feet tall.the fourth tree is about 30 years old. it was about 16 feet tall. i cut it down to 3 feet and it is now about 6 feet tall and doing fine.my point is, you can keep these trees to the hight you want.but you have to cut the top off every year.

1 Like    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 6:48PM
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My personal favorites are the Lula, Brogdon, Choquette, Monroe, Miguel, Tonnage and Simmonds. Walter & Gary Zil and I were chatting one day, Gary had a Simmonds (Early) & Choquette (Late), Walter a Brogdon (Late) and Lula in their yards. I have Lula (Late), Choquette, Brogdon and Simmonds and find the late varieties tend to have the most oil and flavor, Lulas are extremely tough and produce an enormous fruit, long harvest too boot. Day (Mid) is another variety I am impressed with as well.

There are so many good Avocados, it's difficult to select a favorite, as all impart a unique exception to another.

Here is a link that might be useful: Avocados

    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 7:26PM
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gcmastiffs(z10 Florida)

This is my most recent Lula Avocado. Paid $60 for it, it looked great and had fruit on it when I bought it.

This is what Avocados do when I try to grow them. I also planted a Mamey Sapote and Sapodilla in this same area. They are fine, thriving, yet the Avo did this.

We did have rain after I planted it, but it is not in a low area at all. I see healthy Avocado trees in my neighborhood, but mine die rapidly when I try them here. I have been trying for at least 6 years to grow one successfully.

Have tried many varieties. Wurtz did the best, in a pot, ignored, in my old dog run, on pea-rock. When I moved it
to the patio, it promptly died.

I can grow lots of "difficult" plants, but Avocados hate me!


    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 10:24PM
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My avocado is very tall, maybe 25 ft, I didn't know to top it. Is it too late to do this? The fruit is small, but very tasty. I grew it from seed and it doesn't get a lot of fertilizer.

Lisa, I think I still see green stems on yours, just brown leaves. Are you sure it gets enought water?

    Bookmark   September 29, 2008 at 6:11AM
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I have a Lula... and it is doing fine. I am a mile from Lisa ( sorry Lisa ) LOL !

When we clear the north east side of our lot , i plan on getting a brogdon to put there.

I remember some the old large lots in Fort Lauderdale, loaded with fruit trees. Some of them were so tall that you could not pick the fruit , even with a picker.

I plan to keep my fruit trees smaller, and have more of them.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2008 at 8:51AM
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Lisa, your avocado tree could have verticillium wilt. This disease is common in areas with intensive vegetable production in the past especially tomatoes.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2013 at 9:48PM
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I love my Brogdon Avocado Tree. We first got it in 2012 with one avocado on the tree. In 2013 the tree had 3 large avocados. Now 2014 the tree had over 50 avocados. Of course by now the beginning of August they are almost all gone. Theres about 15 avocados left if not more.
When it was sold to us it was sold as a Hass Avocado. I just learned this is a Brogdon and I couldn't be happier. The avocado is very tasty, very meaty and not watery.

I like to know how to trim it. It is over 9 feet tall. The branches were hanging touching the ground because it was so full. Should I top it or cut the bottom branches off. I was told to do one of the 2.

Thank you.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 10:39AM
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