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Spring is bloom-time, and it is the fruit-set following bloom that will determine the financial future of the avocado grove the next harvest season. A lot of avocado groves are currently carrying their second good crop in a row, leading to the concern that fruit-set this spring could be poor as the trees become “tired” and enter into an alternate bearing pattern.

In California avocado groves, cool temperatures before and during the main period of bloom can have an adverse effect on avocado production. Cold temperatures also affect tree pollination.

Healthy green avocado leaves are critical for getting the best yields from avocado trees, and at flowering, because the leaves convert sunlight into sugars that support the production of fruit on the trees.

What does a healthy avocado grove look like, in general, and what cultural management practices help you nurture a healthy avocado grove?

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