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Who knows about avocado
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Les    Posted 12-03-2004 at 11:56:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
trees (plants?). My son gave us one growing in a big pot about 3 years ago. It's now 4' tall and about to get taller. What would possess it to grow now? And how tall do the dang things get anyway?

big fred    Posted 12-03-2004 at 12:42:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
My cousin and her husband in Escondido, CA, have a couple acres of avocados. They look to be about 20-25 ft trees, but they might be no more than 15 ft. Kinda hard to tell, Kathy was showing me around the place in their JD Gator, and she was drivin' about twice as fast as I thought was prudent, so I was more concerned with savin' my skin than I was with the height of the trees.

I know the lower branches are about at head height if you're in the passenger seat of a Gator...

Salmoneye    Posted 12-03-2004 at 12:12:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
According to what I just read, it will take about 10 years to bear, and most people can't keep them alive inside that long...

Gerrit    Posted 12-03-2004 at 13:35:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have an avocado tree - like 25 ft high.
I guess they need a warm climate 'cause I never saw them in colder climates. We eat them a lot, actually..

Cindi    Posted 12-03-2004 at 13:10:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I remember right, only one gender of the tree will produce. That sounds crazy but I know I heard that somewhere. If you have the wrong gender it won't put out. I may have to try and verify that.

deadcarp    Posted 12-03-2004 at 14:01:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
"If you have the wrong gender it won't put out. I may have to try and verify that."

now izziss a girl thing, are you blonde or whut? let's break this down -----"If you have the wrong gender it won't put out." okay, i'm used to that - people are often like that -- i mean if i went up to the average guy and told him i were wondering if he'd put out ----- i mihgt stir up a fracass - onna other hand, you'd probly have way more luck, being blonde and all. :)

Cindi    Posted 12-03-2004 at 13:15:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay this is not what I heard, but it sounds way complicated.

Don explained that this was a pollination problem, and that avocados have a curious se(x) life. Some avocados (known as group A) have flowers that function as female on the first morning they open. When they reopen on the afternoon of the next day, they are functionally male. Opening and closing of the flowers is synchronised in all trees of the same variety. Other varieties (known as group B) have flowers that open on the afternoon of the first day as female, then close and reopen the next morning as male.

Les    Posted 12-03-2004 at 13:18:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Even for the plant kingdom that sounds kinky.

Cindi    Posted 12-03-2004 at 13:20:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dang! I was hoping you were going to say..."oh yeah, I heard that too!"

Now I feel like an idiot.

But you're right, that is wierd. Cross-dressing trees.

Les    Posted 12-03-2004 at 14:11:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do know that ash trees are either male or female. Seems like there is a predominance of female trees. Like one rooster can take care of a good many hens, I suppose.
I know the two female ash trees that I have, one on the front lawn and one on the back, as well as the ones that were already there in the edge of the woods, produced so many seeds this year it would be nigh on impossible to count them.

Salmoneye    Posted 12-04-2004 at 04:39:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like one rooster can take care of a good many hens,


My Wife made me quit...

Aprille    Posted 12-04-2004 at 13:13:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ohhahahah!! Salmoneye!! Ahahah..too funnyyyy!! Heeheeheeh..needed a chuckle..long day at school..I heard the same thing about the gender bending things..and I agree..KINKY..My mom had one that was about 12yrs old and only bore fruit one time for I guess my mom cuz the original owners were SO peeved at her because of that..She had the strangest green thumb..forget about houseplants but take a sick wandering jew or a Avocado plant or ..ok..this WAS the 60's and 70's ..a pot plant and them puppies would take over the HOUSE!!

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