Those who have followed my ramblings about how my avocadoes did not get pollinated in Spring, will no doubt be a little fed up with the accounts of the lack of success that I have had to get pollination occurring. Having said that I don't recall anyone else raving on about how good their avocadoes were this year. Now is this because they wanted to spare my feelings or because they had similar lack of success?
I have done a couple of things to try to get a better result next fruiting season. The first was to restock my place with honey bees. I do realise however that if there is a more attractive source of nectar and pollen available at the time that the Avos are flowering then the bees could ignore my trees anyway.
The other thing I have done is to plant a type B tree and position it close to my type A trees. My photo shows my Sharwill Avo that I have planted in a wheelie bin. Non dwarf Avos are supposed to need a depth of soil of around 5 metres. I don't have more than around two feet of poor soil, so planting in the ground is useless here. I saw an episode of Vassili's Garden where a guy in Melbourne grows Avos in pots. He use 100 litre grow bags and gets good crops of different types of Avos. My wheelie bin is not as broad in girth as his bags, but much deeper. I will cut the tree back to about two metres in August and keep at around that height after that. Sharwill trees are supposed to be pollinators for a couple of the dwarf Avos that I have. Only time will tell if I am wasting my time.
In addition to the Sharwill I have also planted out a couple of trees grown from seed in wheelie bins, I don't even know the type but I expect at least 1 will be a Hass, if not both, as Hass seems to be the main type we get in our shops. These will probably not fruit for a number of years if at all, but they are looking very healthy at the moment. At least if these both fail I will not have spent too much money on them.
It is good to experiment with different ideas to solve growing problems, most of my trials seem to not turn out as hoped for, but at least some do, and that's what keeps me experimenting.
It's good to hear about Dave's growing mounds, Elaine's wicking beds / containers, Susan's trials of growing different fruit trees, etc, and the garden visit's are where we see all these things in action. Who else is trying out different ways to grow?
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