Orchard establishment

The following information should be used alongside advice and assistance from experts with knowledge and local experience in orchard planting and in managing avocado trees. Many of the decisions made at planting will affect the future success of the orchard. Setting up an orchard is a significant investment, therefore it is important to take time to correctly establish it in the beginning for long-term benefits. If you are establishing an avocado orchard, seek assistance from consultants, nurseries and experienced local growers.

For more information on site selection please download the orchard establishment and best planting practice guides chapter from the grower manual below. Topics covered include:

  • Varities and rootstocks
  • Buying trees, transporting, receiving and storing trees prior to planting
  • When to plant
  • Soil preparation
  • Preparing the hole
  • Planting the tree
  • Staking and supporting the tree
  • Shelter
  • Frost protection
  • Sunburn
  • Mulch
  • Weeding
  • Nutrition
  • Flowers and fruit set during the first season
  • Pest and disease control
  • Animal damage
  • Pruning rootstock shoots
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