How to Tell If an Avocado Tree Is Going to Bear Fruit

Overview

Avocados are enjoyed throughout many cuisines around the world. As a new grower, you are probably eager to know when you can start enjoying your own harvest. Avocado trees take time to mature enough to the point that they can set fruit, but once they reach this point, they consistently produce a avocados as long as they are healthy. By watching for a couple of telltale signs, discover when your own avocado tree is getting ready to bear fruit.

Step 1

Look for small, greenish-yellow blossoms that appear on your avocado tree branches from January through March. Flowers open and close in the span of two days and are a good indication that your tree is getting ready to bear fruit.

Step 2

Watch for bee activity around the tree blossoms. On the first day, an open avocado blossom is female and receives pollen, while on the second day the flower is male and releases the pollen. Bees are a good sign that flowers are being pollinated, which helps produce avocados.

Step 3

Note the temperature during the January to March time span. A range of 65 to 75 degrees F is ideal for avocado fruit set after the flowering cycle.

Step 4

Monitor the flowers to see if they are beginning to swell. Avocados come out of these blossoms and continue to grow until maturity, which may be six months or more, depending on the variety that you are growing.

References

  • University of California: Avocado Flowering Basics
  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Avocado Fruit Facts

Who Can Help

  • Aggie Horticulture: Home Fruit Production--Avocado
  • University of California: Avocado Answers to Questions
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About this Author

Jenny Glass has been writing professionally since 2001 and is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. In addition to writing for Demand Studios, she has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" and runs her own art glass business.