About Mimi Avocado



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My husband and I own and  operate a large avocado ranch in Southern California.  Now that our four children are grown, family life has changed.    Besides helping us manage the ranch,   our son started a mail order gift box/subscription  business called California Avocados Direct,  so that we can share the delicious premium fruit that we grow directly with the people who love to eat it!   The whole family helps with the business, and I do the social media when I’m not teaching music lessons, directing choirs or working on the bookkeeping for the ranch.

I decided to start writing my blog  Mimi Avocado so I could share stories about life on an avocado ranch,  recipes and food that we enjoy,  and the special things that I discover along the way.   Once in a while we are able to leave the ranch, so  I share our travel adventures too.   I won’t share the details of my life history, but if you are interested, you can find it here.  Blogging has brought some exciting opportunities my way, so I share what I learn, people I meet,  and the places that blogging takes me.

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  1. Hi Mimi,

    I’ve wanted to grow my own avocados for the last 15 years. I finally bought a haas avocado tree from Costco last Spring. I live in LA (Echo Park by Dodger Stadium). My tree is approximately 2 1/2-3 feet tall. I thought it was growing more leaves, but its the blooms. Hoping you can please help me w/ these questions:
    Is it ok to fertilize my young tree? It’s been in the ground for close to a year. If yes, pls provide suggestions /recommendations.
    Why are the leaves on the tree seem droopy – they kinda point downward towards the ground. Not all the leaves, but a lot of them. Otherwise the leaves are green & seem normal.
    Is it possible that I may be overwatering causing the leaves to droop downwards?
    Appreciate your expertise and opinion.

    Also,you have an amazing ability to intrigue,explain,depict etc. with all the info you post. I’ve enjoyed reading the posts and watching the videos. I was searching the web “young haas avocado tree images,” when I finally clicked on an image that took me to your blog.

    Thank you for sharing and this awesome blog!

    • Hi Lauryn,

      Avocado leaves can look pretty droopy when the tree is in bloom. When the flowers are finished and the new baby avocados begin to show up, the tree will put out new growth. Those new leaves start out red and grow bigger, turning to green. Since your tree is still pretty small, the flowers may look disproportionately big compared to the foliage on the tree.

      You can fertilize your tree. Use “Triple 15” or just get some Miracle Gro. Make sure you are giving the tree plenty of water too.

      Avocado trees take time to grow…but they are worth the wait!


  2. Hi my name is Sajid and I have read your blog on blooming of trees and I find it very useful and informative. Before reading this blog I did not know that flowering Avocado trees even exist and they required significant amount of water on a regular basis. I also run a blog on Bloominglutus. Please have a look at it once: Blooming Tea

  3. Yo, Mimi!

    It’s your GlenAires choir buddy … who willingly accepts direction from you. So un-guy-like of me.

    Enjoyed reading your ever-unfolding story, but I’m just catching up in mid-June 2019.


  4. I’m not sure if you still have this site. I have lived with a Fuerte Avocado for 20 years. We’re quite sure it was cut down at one point. It is quite large and this year I have it trimmed ..so scared. Finally now that it is May the leaves are out and it is again putting out avocados. Mine are wonderful and I love the tree. Two years ago I had a huge crop but last year very little. When I had the huge crop I also got a fungus on some and it was stressed as it wasn’t getting enough water in the summer so I put in the industrial drip system covered with mulch. How do you fertilize your trees when the water is under the mulch and leaves? Trying to decide how many leaves I’ll leave as they don’t decompose and would rather put more mulch.

    • The leaves are the natural mulch for avocado trees. Each of our trees has a separate sprinkler to it with a microsprinkler head. The fertilizer goes in with the water from a tank that is connected to our irrigation system. If you cannot add fertilizer to your water system, put the fertilizer on top of the mulch and use a hose to water it in. My husband the farmer thinks you’d be better off with a microsprinkler rather than the drip system.
      Are you a piccolo player? I’m a flutist/pianist myself. Have a piccolo but rarely play it.

  5. Hi Mimi, I have one well established Fuerte avocado tree in our yard in southern CA. There are a number of neighbors who also have avocado trees. Can you provide some tips on trimming the trees? Our tree has grown quite large and would like to trim it back without messing up the tree.

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