Category Archives for Avocado Production

How are Avocados Ripened?

Biology of the avocadoThe avocado is a climacteric fruit, which means the fruit will not ripen while they are still hanging on the tree. So no matter when the farmer harvests their fruit, the avocados will be rock hard. If harvested at the correct stage, the fruits will ripen and become soft, but at uneven […]

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How are Avocados Transported and Shipped?

Did you know that the majority of avocados grown in South Africa are exported by sea. Considering that the main production regions of Limpopo and Mpumalanga are far from any of the coastal seaports, the harvests first need to be road-freighted to the cargos. This means that the fruit need to first survive the bumpy […]

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Why is my Avocado Tree not Growing Fruit in Some Years?

The avocado is an oil-rich fruit that requires a large energy investment for the fruit to mature. Apart from the oily flesh, the fruit also has a large central seed that accounts for an even larger energy expenditure.So what does this mean for fruit production?Well, the avocado trees are under a lot of pressure to […]

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How to Graft Avocado Trees: Part 2

In our last post, we discussed how commercial avocado growers overcome the juvenile phase using seed as a rootstock to grow their trees. However, the seeds may have been cross-pollinated and therefore not be a true clone of the cultivar from which it was taken. Thankfully, there is a second method, known as clonal rootstock propagation, […]

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How to Graft Avocado Trees: Part 1

In our last post, we explained why avocado trees that are grown from seed take up to 15 years to bear fruit. In this video we are going to discuss one of the methods commercial growers use to solve this problem. One of the most common ways of overcoming the juvenile phase is grafting a bud […]

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Why do Avocado Trees Take So Long to Bear Fruit?

If you like to eat avocados, then you have likely tried growing your own tree from one of your leftover seeds. However, like many other fruit, growing an avocado tree from seed is an extremely long, tedious and unproductive process.Why should you not grow avocados from seed?Germinating the avocado seed is not the problem. Many […]

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How Does a Farmer Know if an Avocado is Ripe?

Most people have experienced the disappointment of slicing into an avocado only to find it hard as a rock. But don’t blame the farmers because unlike many other fruits, avocados do not ripen while they are still hanging on the tree. Therefore, there is no use in harvesters giving the all the avocados on the […]

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The Difference Between A and B Cultivars in Avocados

Evolving to Promote OutcrossingMany flowering plants have evolved to prevent self-pollination, which means that pollen must be transferred from the anthers of one flower to the stigma located on another. This promotes outcrossing and genetic variation.Synchronous DichogamyThe mechanism to prevent self-pollination in avocados is called ‘synchronous dichogamy’. This describes the pattern of flowering on the […]

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Avocados and Honeybees

Honeybees: The most important living beings in the world. Did you know, a colony consists of 40 000 bees or more. Only one third of these forage outside the hive, whilst the others commit their lives to cleaning and guarding the hive and nourishing the larvae. Here’s a fun fact, do you know that only the […]

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Interesting Facts About Avocados

When most people hear the word ‘avocado’ they think of a delicious commodity that can be easily picked up from the local store. We are going to change that perception with this range of posts and show you what goes on behind the scenes of avocado production. We are going to breakdown the production and […]

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