So… how long does it take an avocado to bear fruit? With Eddy’s method… as short as 3 years… but I’m getting ahead of myself. His seedling avocado is quite a success story.
(So you were hoping I’d knock off all the “growing trees from seed” posts? NEVER!)
I was down in Fort Lauderdale a few weekends ago working on The Great South Florida Food Forest Project when I ran into my friend Eddy… and remembered his avocado tree.
This time I got pictures and the whole story.
A friend of Eddy’s had an avocado tree that was highly productive and had borne many crops over the years. The man shared his avocados with his family and friends (which included Eddy.) Unfortunately, this friend discovered he was dying of cancer. Thinking ahead, he brought a little seedling from his avocado tree to Eddy and said “Here, take this tree… grow it for me.”
Shortly afterwards, he passed away.
Eddy, not being content with simply putting the tree in the ground, went for some serious overkill on his planting of the now-sacred seedling. Here’s what he did.
Eddy’s Method For Getting an Avocado To Fruit
“David,” he told me, “I dug this huge hole, man. Like… three feet deep. Then I dumped in lots of MiracleGro, buried it in, then put in more, you know… really deep. Then I planted the tree on that.”
I asked him how old the tree was – and when it started to produce.
“It’s four years old now… coming into its fifth year. When it was three years old, I decided to graft onto it. But the graft died. Then I told the tree… ‘make fruit this year or I’m gonna cut you down. I’ll kill you!’ And it did – David, it did! It bore fruit. No lie.”
Most literature on avocados states that it will take five yours or more for an avocado tree to bear fruit; Eddy’s avocado fruited in three. Impressive.
So there you go – another “fruit tree from seed” success story. This tree is totally beautiful and probably getting close to 20′ tall. I’ve never tried the “burying lots of MiracleGro” method and swearing to kill the tree if it fails to bear… but if I ever have a friend dying of cancer that hands me a seedling… by golly… I will.