How long does it take for an avocado fruit to grow?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, ‘how long does it take for an avocado fruit to grow?’. We will discuss the factors that impact the growing time and time span avocados take to grow.

 How long does it take for an avocado fruit to grow?

Avocado fruit takes 9 months to grow from a blossom to edible fruit. An avocado tree, however, will take somewhere between 5 to 13 years to mature and yield avocado fruit.

How long does it take for an avocado tree to produce fruit?

IF you grow an avocado tree from a seed or an avocado pit, it will take 10 to 15 years to bear fruit. The factors which influence avocado growth are the environmental conditions and variety of the avocado.

You could plant an avocado tree instead of a seed, which will bear fruit in a significantly shorter time. Avocado trees are grafted from mature trees and bear fruit in as little as 3 years.

What conditions must you provide an avocado tree for it to bear fruit?

Avocado trees thrive well in coarse and sandy soil, the soil must not lack iron or have a high saline level. Avocado trees need to be placed under the sun rather than shade. Even though the tree might not die in shade, it will not be capable of producing fruit. Heavy wind can also be detrimental to avocado health because it damages the foliage.

Avocado trees need just enough water to make them wet and not crumble. Water in excessive quantities can cause an avocado tree to die. 

Pruning is not necessary. If you want to keep the tree neat, be careful not to over-prune it. Over pruning could hinder the process of fruit production.

The ambient temperature provided to an avocado tree must be between 70-100 degrees. A temperature that does not lie in the range can harm fruit production.

The avocado tree needs to be fertilized 6 times a year for three years; after which you could add the fertilizer 4 times.

 Some Bonus Points regarding harvesting and ripening of avocado fruit:

  • Avocados are seasonally harvested; after having matured on the tree. Maturity is attained when the avocado is still a part of the tree. After it is plucked off, the ripening process begins. Therefore, the harvesting process is very crucial, and a slight mistake can deem the Avocado inedible.
  • The avocado needs to be plucked off immediately after they become mature. If the avocados do not fall off because of their weight, the seeds inside the fruit start to sprout which cuts the flesh and makes an avocado lose its optimum quality.
  • Avocados will ripen after harvesting and are picked before they get a chance to soften. Interestingly, they are Dark green in an unripe state but change to purple-black as they ripen. 
  • Its color is not always consistent with its ripening status. In other words, the avocado may be dark and visually seem ripe, but the interior has not changed at the same pace as the skin of the avocado has. 
  • Avocado provides us with Vitamin E, potassium, and natural oils. It helps to lower cholesterol, prevent heart diseases and cancer.

How does your region affect the production of avocado?

In Australia, avocados will begin to appear in the months of June to late July. The avocados will grow until they attain a medium size and then drop off the tree.

In California, the avocados will pollinate in spring for 2 months. After which, in the late winter season, the avocados continue to grow until summer.

In Asia, the avocado tree reaches its prime fruit-bearing in the months of October until March. After which, the production slows down for the rest of the year.?

Guatemalan

The Guatemalan variety of avocado is the one in this list to take the longest to mature. After it starts to flower, the Guatemalan will take about 15 to 18 months to reach peak harvest. The tree blooms in the months of March and April and needs a year to reach its prime. The year after, in the month of September to January, the avocado becomes ready to be picked up.

West Indian

West Indian Avocados have a speedy maturity rate of a maximum of 8 months. The West Indian variety, start to grow in February or March and is ready in around the time of May or September.

Mexican

Mexican avocados take eight months to transition from bloom to harvest; they produce mature fruits in month of June to October. Mexican avocados start to produce fruit early on; in the months of January and February.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, ‘how long does it take for an avocado fruit to grow?’. We discussed the factors that impact the growing time and time span avocados take to grow.

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Citations

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/long-avocado-mature-bloom-harvest-43391.html
https://homeguides.sfgate.com/ways-grow-avocado-fruit-40980.htm

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