after avocados and citrus
husband and I have purchased property with 30 orange trees and 4
avocado trees. We do not know how old they are or anything about
them. Is there general care/pruning information?
trees fruit on the ends of shoots. Often, when the fruit is picked,
the side buds of the shoots form new twigs several to each
former single shoot. This makes the outside foliage of the canopy
very dense, preventing the light penetrating into the middle, to
ripen next year's crop.
You can get over this
by picking the fruit with secateurs: instead of pulling the orange
off, take a few centimetres of its twig with it, cutting just above
a side bud.
Avocados need very little
pruning other than a bit of guidance when young and removal of dead
or inconvenient branches. They do tend to be very vigorous trees,
however, so a good hard chop back every few years is a good idea
to rein them in. This will reduce fruiting for a year or more if
you are too severe.
A good side dressing
of Citrus Fertiliser in the autumn is a good move, for both citrus
and avocados: they are gross feeders and fruit quantity and quality
will be enhanced. Follow the directions on the packaging.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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