This section contains useful tips and information for new California avocado growers. A more robust archive of cultural management practices can be found in the Cultural Management Library.

Preparing California Avocado Groves for Winter

  • Sep 23, 2013

Because avocado trees are tropical rainforest trees, they are active year-round — and that means cultural management of avocado groves is necessary throughout the year. In fall, growers should prepare avocado groves for winter weather events, flush out accumulated salts, and apply pruning techniques and fertilization for optimal spring performance.

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Checking Soil Moisture in Avocado Groves

  • Aug 23, 2013

Irrigating California avocado trees can be challenging for several reasons. Avocado trees are heavy users of water but they have a shallow feeder root system located primarily in the top six inches of soil that are prone to drying out. The feeder roots also have very few root hairs, thus making them inefficient at absorbing water. Hillside groves with decomposed granite drain well, but they drain...

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Avocado Grove Soil Salinity 101

  • Aug 14, 2013

Understanding soil salinity and irrigation are key concepts to successful avocado grove management because poor avocado yields are often caused by under-irrigation and/or high soil salinity. 

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Importance of Irrigating California Avocado Groves

  • Aug 14, 2013

In California, poor avocado yields are often related to poor irrigation practices and soil salinity issues.

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Irrigation and Salinity Glossary of Terms

  • Aug 14, 2013

ECe. Soil salinity is measured as the salt concentration of a soil solution in terms of electrical conductivity (EC). For soil salinity, the EC is written as ECe.  Irrigation. Providing water to soil in order to create a favorable environment for plants. Leaching. Dissolving and transporting excess soluble salts from the root zone of the soil by applying and then draining excess water in the...

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Avocado Root Health

  • Jun 12, 2013

Healthy avocado roots play an important role in producing consistent high-quality avocado crops from healthy avocado trees. Roots provide nutrients and water for strong healthy leaves, good shoot growth, flowering and fruit set, and avocado fruit growth.

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