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How to Care for a Holiday Avocado Tree

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The holiday avocado tree is a variety that is very compact and reaches about 12 feet tall when not maintained. When pruned and maintained, the holiday is an ideal indoor tree if it's given proper light. Like the Hass variety, holiday provides delicious tender fruit, but its harvest season is in the winter (hence the name). Unlike Hass, the fruit is very large. There are some key things to keep in mind when caring for a holiday avocado tree.

Keep the holiday avocado tree planted in a large pot (at least two gallon). This will make it easier for you to care for it, and to transport inside should the weather cause any challenges. Plant it in cactus soil as it will get root rot in regular potting soil. Keep the soil dry when transplanting or planting a sapling, since avocado trees thrive in dry conditions.

Water the holiday avocado plant around once or twice every two weeks, depending on your outdoor conditions. Make sure to water thoroughly each time.

Keep the avocado tree outside during the spring and summer seasons. Bring the tree indoors when the temperature is lower than 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do not prune the avocado pant in the first year or two. During this time the holiday avocado tree will self-pollinate and bloom white flowers. Shortly thereafter, the avocado fruit will grow.

Pick avocados when they are ripe and light to dark green. Store them in a paper bag in the refrigerator to slow the ripening process, or at room temperature to speed it up.

Care Of A Young Avocado Tree

Promote the health of a young avocado tree by planting it in the right spot. Avocados prefer sandy loam soils with good drainage and some protection from high winds. Young avocado trees are sensitive to the cold and frost can quickly damage the branches, leaves and flowers. Protect your tree even further by mounding the soil up around the trunk or wrapping the trunk with sponge foam, newspapers or another insulating material. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Check the dryness level by grabbing a handful of soil from around the tree and squeezing it. If it holds together, the soil has enough moisture. If it crumbles, then it's time to water. Yellowing leaves indicate an iron deficiency, which you can treat with a chelated foliar spray that contains iron.

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