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Welcome to Mimi Avocado.  Delighted to have you join me here at the ranch!
Let’s take a walk through the grove, or spend some time in the kitchen.  
 
I’m sharing my recipes and stories, and I hope to hear from you too!   

 

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  1. Mimi,

    I love these pics… I love the warm feeling I get from “been there, felt that magic”. 🙂

    You are so lovely in this profile pic – your sweet nature comes right through!

    I miss you!!!

    xoxo,
    Gigi 😉

  2. Mimi you clever girl. Your blog is awesome! Your ideas are inspiring and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Love the pictures of your ranch. Show more please. – Joy

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  4. Loved your Christmas story, Mimi! Your writing is beautiful! I’m signing up for your blog ~ don’t want to miss any unique recipes like the banana pancakes!
    Have fun!

  5. Hi Mimi, enjoyed reading your blog and drive by your grove almost every day. Our trees are all gone now so I enjoy seeing the “green” on your property!

  6. I live in Escondido, CA & our fuerte’s didn’t bare fruit last year. We aren’t sure if the Santa Ana winds we had in May blew all of the blooms off. We found one lone avocado last week. It was actually tasty. When will we see blooms this year? Nothing yet. We had a bumper crop in 2013. Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Bonnie

    • The tricky thing about avocados is that they must be watered and fertilized correctly for the year before they bloom. Mistakes may happen (or heat spells) that will affect the tree’s ability to flower the next year. When there are no flowers, there will be no fruit. It’s a vicious cycle, and the drought doesn’t help. The water that comes from the water district is much saltier than it used to be years ago when our water came from northern California. Now that it comes from the Colorado River the water is saltier…and avocados don’t like salt. They need extra water to leach the built-up salts from the soil. The rains we had a few weeks ago should have leached the salts. Without rains, leaching is very expensive to do with purchased water.
      Bloom for Fuerte avocados should have occurred in Feb/March. There are baby avocados already sizing up on our trees now. Fuertes are usually ready to harvest from December until February.

      Hope that helps.
      Mimi

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  8. Hi Mimi – writing in from New Zealand. I have two massive avacado trees in the backyard of my new house. Can you tell me how I can tell the difference between a Hall Avacado and Fuerte? Had a part eaten avacado fall out of the tree the other day (was pretty big!) – it doesn’t really have much of a neck, but seems to the have the exterior of the Fuerte or Hall. NZ is pretty much all Hass, but looking forward to trying this different variety at some point.

    Thanks in advance – this is a really neat blog!

    • Hi Richard! The Farmer and I honeymooned in New Zealand years ago — always thought we’d get back there with our kids, but they’re all grown now. Maybe we’ll find time to make another trip someday. Gorgeous country!
      I do not know the Hall variety of avocado. We have Hass, Reed, Fuerte, Bacon, Zutano here on our ranch. The Fuerte is pear-shaped and thin-skinned. Hass has bumpy skin, and it’s the standard variety now. We actually grafted most of our Fuertes and Reeds to Hass. I know there are different varieties in NZ and Australia — best to talk to a nursery near you. Plus–isn’t it winter in NZ now? Hot summertime here!

  9. Hi Mimi,

    My wife and I just purchased a Reed tree to add to our backyard, and I’m wondering if I should co-plant with a second tree of a B type so the two will polenize each other. I’m having a hard time figuring out what type to plant with it though, as they all seem to flower at different times of the year – is there any point to having the two together? Will they be happy in close proximity, twined together, or am I better off just hoping my Reed will polinate itself?

    Thanks for any insight you can offer!

    Eli

    • It helps to have other avocados in the vicinity — but not necessary. It is ideal to have at least 3 varieties in a block of commercially planted trees. If you have neighbors with avocado trees in their backyards, that will do. Avocado flowers open one day as one gender (either male or female) and open the next day as the opposite gender. So even if you have only one tree, the bees will be able to pollinate if they move from flower to flower and find some are male and some are female. Hope this helps. (Try doing an online search for “sex life of an avocado tree” — it’s quite interesting!

  10. Glad to have discovered this site. I seem to have avocado trees on the brain and have recently planted a Reed, Fuerte, Bacon, Hass and a happy tree from a seed. The seed may have been a Hass. My question is this: The tree from the seed is in a very good and roomy place in my garden. If you’re pretty sure it won’t fruit I’ll move another into its prime location. I’ve heard mixed thoughts as to whether trees from seeds will fruit. Can you go into more detail about what you know? Thanks!

    • Hi Bea,
      Avocado trees that we buy from a nursery are started on “root stock”, and the variety of avocado that we want is grafted onto the root stock tree. New avocado trees are usually grown on root stocks that are more tolerant to salts, since water is saltier now than it used to be. Older trees were grown on root stocks that were developed many years ago. When we grow an avocado from a seed, you will get the variety that the original tree was grown from, the original root stock. It’s almost impossible to know what that was. It takes a long time for the tree to grow and bear fruit …several years at least…so it’s not a very good idea to plant a tree grown from seed if you really want fruit. Better to buy a tree that has been grown in a nursery and is identified as a variety that produces the fruit you want. Some varieties are in season during winter (Fuerte) and some during summer (Reed) and some have longer seasons (Hass). You could keep that seed-grown tree for a pet, give it a name, spend lots of money on water and fertilizer, and you may or may not get fruit.