How to Plant Avocado Trees

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To plant avocado trees, find a nice, sunny area for your tree. Use neem oil to get rid of insects on the tree with help from an expert gardener in this free video on fruit trees.

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Hi, I'm Jene with Jene's Tropicals in St. Petersburg, Florida. Today, I'm going to tell you how to grow an avocado tree. You'll just need a few basic materials such as cow manure or a mushroom compost, a bloom special 2-10-10 for heavy blooming and fruit set, citrus 4-6-8 fertilizer; it's formulated for citrus and all tropical fruits including avocados and neem oil, it's a 3 in 1 fungicide, miticide and insecticide for any fungus or insect problems. The first step is picking a nice sunny but well drain area for your avocado tree. They can take a fairly sandy soil, but if your soil is really poor, mix in some compost. I've already pre-mixed the compost. Avocado trees are generally grafted. So, make sure your graft is completely above the ground or you can damage your tree. Pack your soil in tightly around the root ball to get rid of any air pocket. During the winter time, the trees come into flower. This little tree is about to bloom. It's a good idea to use 2-10-10 fertilizer on the tree. This, this ensures heavy bloom and fruit set. As the season goes on and your tree continues to grow, you want to switch to 4-6-8 citrus fertilizer which is also formulated for all tropical fruits including avocados. This has all of your trees elements and will keep them strong and healthy. By chance down the road, if you have an insect problem such as black fly on the back of the leaves, neem oil is terrific as ongoing care. It takes care of any little insect including black fly, thrips, milly bugs and so forth. There you have it. I'm Jene and have a great day.

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