I was afraid of bumping an old thread I wanted to share some thoughts/pictures on, so I’m hoping this won’t be a redundant post.
What are your favorite avocado cultivars, whether it’s the taste, how well they put out new growth, or which ones handle the weather best for your location? I’ve heard some refer to the Jan Boyce cultivar as being the “connoisseur’s avocado” when it comes to taste. There are also some avocado cultivars like Gem that stay fairly compact in growth and produce tons of fruit like a bigger tree. I don’t have much experience with avocados other than being a new grower so I’m curious to know the experience others have had with their avocado trees.
I purchased a Durling 3 gal Hass avocado tree this past March and it’s had no problem doubling in size. Could be more full, but I’m happy with it’s growth so far. I didn’t think about the variety much when making my selection, but I suppose I could always graft different scions of more favorable varieties if I want.
This is the Hass, heavily mulched which she loves-
This is my Bacon, mainly purchased this type B for pollination of my Hass, I’ve heard the taste isn’t the most desirable from what some say on the web, whereas others say it’s a unique taste and like it. I suppose I could try some from the farmers market.
And finally these two babies in the back, both planted in 2012, one was grown as a Hass seedling and the other from I believe a Fuerte, so no graft for these. The leaves are different on both, and upon closer examination, one grows very upright and doesn’t spread out much (16ft tall so far) whereas the other isn’t as tall but is growing out side to side with lots of vigor (12 ft tall). Earlier this year one of them flowered but had no fruit set. I’m crossing my fingers for these trees!