04-15-2013 10:06 AM
I live in So Cal. I just planted a Haas Avocado Tree and am wondering how often to water it. I think my soil is slightly rocky/sandy.
I purchased the organic plant/veggie/tree soil from HDand mixed it with the local soil. I dug a hole twice the size of the tree pot. I also added just a tad of avocado/citrus food (less than what was recommended because the tree is young). I also cut back the trees around it to give it maximum sunlight.
My main concern right now is how much to water the tree in the summer and winter.
04-15-2013 11:03 AM
The soil doesn't need to stay moist for your avocado to thrive. As a general rule, water your avocado tree well and then let it dry out a bit before watering again. The exact amount and schedule will depend on conditions in your area.
Michael Nolan | Editor
The Home Depot Garden Club
04-16-2013 01:44 PM
Thank you for your question and welcome to our community. We have not had much rain this year in SoCal and as a result it is dryer this spring than it has been in the past. As a general rule of thumb, water your newly planted avocado tree every day for the first week then wait about a week 10 days and water it again. With the rocky/sandy type of soil you have, I am glad to hear that you did a good soil preparation. Be sure to have a soil berm around your newly planted Haas. Your objective will be to keep your avocado tree in soil that is damp but not wet. This week our temperatures may get into the 80’s, depending on your location and provide your tree with excellent growing conditions.
It will be several years before your new avocado tree will be strong enough to support fruit. Do not be in a hurry to have fruit on your tree. Allow the root system to become established first and apply a fertilizer about every two months. Once your avocado tree matures, your watering schedule will change. A mature avocado tree is a voracious water drinker when it is fruiting.
I have a mature Mexican avocado tree in my back yard. To prevent fruit drop, I water my tree about 2-3 times a week during its fruiting season, usually about 30 to 45 minutes a session at the drip line of the tree. It is very important to water your tree in the correct area for proper moisture absorption.
The drip line remember, is that area where the branches end. This will change each year as the tree grows. Your fertilizer is also applied at the drip line of the tree.
Be sure to take pictures of your tree’s progress and share them with us in our project library under “I Did This”. Please let us know if you have any further questions.
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