new crop of avocados is setting
new crop of avocados is setting

Where Do Baby Avocados Come From?

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avocado blossom

Avocado Flowers

Baby avocados begin as a flower.  Have you ever seen an avocado flower?  They’re very small, but they do a very big job!  When these little flowers first open they are female.  Their stigma can receive pollen, but the stamen won’t shed pollen at first.   The nectar produced in the flower attracts bees,   the bees  carry pollen from one flower to another,  and that pollen gets deposited onto the stigma of this new flower.

pollination

Can you see the bee?

Sex Life of an Avocado

This new flower stays open for only 2-3 hours, then closes and stays closed for the rest of the day and night.   The next day,  the flower opens again, but this time it will shed pollen … it is now a male flower!  It stays open for a few hours and then closes again.   If it was successfully pollinated on the first day, it will develop into a new avocado.

new avocados

Here you can see flowers as well as new avocados!

If this isn’t complicated enough, consider this:  There are two kinds of avocado flowers!  They are called “A” and “B”.  The “A” flowers are female first, then male.  The “B” flowers are male first and then female.  So it works out that there are male and female flowers open at the same time.  Isn’t nature wonderful?   If you want more technical information,  The University of California has a great article about it here.

 

Avocado Flower Buds

Avocado Flower Buds: Which will they be first, male or female?

Pick the Biggest Avocados First

When avocado trees bloom,  the crop that has been growing over the past year is still on the tree.  This is why we pick the biggest avocados just before the trees begin to bloom.  The trees need to use their energy to produce flowers and new little babies, so we take the biggest fruit off of the tree.   The smaller fruit is left on the tree to size up.  We will pick that fruit later in the season. And at the same time, the baby avocados begin to grow!

New Baby Avocados

Baby Avocados!

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