March is one of my favorite times of year in the avocado grove. The trees begin to sprout beautiful new growth in tones of red and pink. As the new leaves sprout, the buds of the avocado flowers begin to appear too!
As the buds grow bigger and begin to open, the trees begin to look shaggy with the spindly flowers making a splash of light lemon-lime color on the hillsides.
The tiny flowers begin to open, one by one.
Like tiny stars, each flower has the potential to become an avocado! But not every flower will be pollinated, or will have the chance to develop into a fruit.
As the flowers open, the avocado trees become a busy place, with bees gathering nectar. The sound of bees buzzing in the trees is quite loud! Humming, buzzing….bees! They aren’t paying attention to people…only to the flowers!
Some trees begin to bloom early, while others take more time. The new leaves continue to grow so they will be able to shade the new baby avocados from the warm springtime sun!
If you haven’t heard the story of avocado flowers, check out the post about Where Baby Avocados Come From! It’s a fascinating story! Flowers that can be male one day and female the next!
At the same time, the new crop of avocados is mature and sizing up! It’s time to pick those beauties so that the tree will have energy to set the new fruit and allow them to begin to grow! This year’s crop is on the tree at the same time that next year’s crop is getting started.
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