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Avocado
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Avocados are not difficult to grow in the mild Southern California climates, as long as drainage is excellent and the plants are watered regularly. To get a good crop of fruit, it is important to plant in locations which are protected from frost, which can damage flowers. The best crops are assured if you plant two compatible pollinating varieties; for example, pairing \'Fuerte\' with \'Hass\'. This combination will also provide you with fresh avocados over a long harvest season once your trees are mature.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
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  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • February
      • March
        • Water

            Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

      • April
        • Buy

            Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

        • Fertilize

            Fertilize with a plant food labeled for avocados.

        • Water

            Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

      • May
        • Buy

            Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

        • Water

            Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

      • June
        • Buy

            Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

        • Water

            Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

      • July
        • Buy

            Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

        • Fertilize

            Fertilize with a plant food labeled for avocados.

        • Water

            Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

      • August
        • Buy

            Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

        • Water

            Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

      • September
        • Buy

            Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

        • Plant

            Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

        • Water

            Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

      • October
        • Water

            Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

      • November
        • Water

            Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

      • December
        • Winter
          • Spring
            • Summer
              • Fall
                • Buy

                  When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

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                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
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                  •  Dec
                  • April

                    Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

                  • May

                    Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

                  • June

                    Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

                  • July

                    Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

                  • August

                    Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

                  • September

                    Buy healthy, grafted plants in 5 or 15 gallon containers.

                • Plant

                  When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

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                  •  Dec
                  • April

                    Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

                  • May

                    Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

                  • June

                    Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

                  • July

                    Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

                  • August

                    Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

                  • September

                    Plant in full sun in a location with excellent drainage (avoid heavy clay soils). Frost-free sites are best. Plants also may be grown in large containers.

                • Sow Seeds

                  When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

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                  • Fertilize

                    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

                    •  Jan
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                    •  May
                    •  Jun
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                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Fertilize with a plant food labeled for avocados.

                    • July

                      Fertilize with a plant food labeled for avocados.

                  • Water

                    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                    •  Jan
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                    •  May
                    •  Jun
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                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • March

                      Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

                    • April

                      Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

                    • May

                      Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

                    • June

                      Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

                    • July

                      Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

                    • August

                      Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

                    • September

                      Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

                    • October

                      Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

                    • November

                      Water regularly during dry periods, keeping the soil moist, but not overly wet. Once a month, water deeply to flush accumulated salts through the soil.

                  • Prune

                    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

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                    • Mulch

                      Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                      •  Jan
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                      • Protect

                        When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                        •  Jan
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                        • Pest/Disease Inspection

                          What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

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                          • Treat for Pest/Disease

                            How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

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                            • Transplant

                              When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

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                              • Propagate

                                When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

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                                • Harvest

                                  When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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                                  • Special requirements

                                    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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