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How to Care for a Bacon Avocado Tree

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Overview

Bacon is a hybrid avocado tree named for its original grower, James Bacon of Buena Park, California. Bacon avocados are small- to medium-sized, with smooth exteriors and light-colored flesh. The Bacon avocado tree is easy to care for, hardy to 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and thrives in areas such as San Francisco and California's Central Valley. Grow your Bacon avocado tree well away from other plants as the roots are ruthless, choking those of other plants in the vicinity.

Step 1

Grow the Bacon avocado tree in full sun.

Step 2

Water the Bacon avocado tree when the top 9 inches of soil are dry. California Rare Fruit Growers suggest digging a 9-inch-deep hole, remove soil from the bottom and squeeze it. If the soil holds together when you open your hand, it is sufficiently moist and the tree does not require water. If the soil doesn't hold its shape and falls apart in your hand, water the Bacon avocado tree to a depth of 9 inches. Cease watering the tree completely prior to the first frost.

Step 3

Fertilize the Bacon avocado tree after its first year in the ground. Use a 21-0-0 formula fertilizer, applied at the rate suggested on the package. Fertilize the tree once a month, beginning in February with the last application in September. If the tree's leaves turn yellow the tree may be chlorotic. Iron chlorosis can be treated with a spray containing iron. Check with your county cooperative extension office for recommendations on which commercial spray is most effective in your area.

Step 4

Protect the avocado fruit from squirrels, rats and other varmints by wrapping the trunk with tin wraps, available at garden supply centers.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Iron foliar spray
  • Tin tree wraps

References

  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Avocado
  • California Avocado Commission: Avocado Variety Browser
  • "Physiology of Temperate Zone Fruit Trees"; Miklos Faust; 1989
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About this Author

Victoria Hunter has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in gardening-related topics and the real estate industry. She is a former broadcaster and real estate agent who has provided audio and written services to small businesses and large corporations worldwide. She writes for Ancestry.com, GardenGuides and ProFlowers, among others. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.

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