When looking for a tree, try to find one that is about 2 to 4 feet tall in a 3 gallon container. Don't worry if your tree seems small; they grow fast. Grafted avocado trees will begin to produce fruit after three to four years. Trees should be planted at least 23 to 30 feet away from buildings and electrical wires, as well as other trees to ensure that they receive enough sunlight. When choosing a planting location for your tree, there are a few things to keep in mind. Avocado trees can get quite big if unpruned; to keep a tree under 15 feet, a few judicious pruning cuts each year are necessary. Limbs can be broken by strong winds or heavy crop loads. And finally, these trees don't tolerate flooding or poorly drained soils.
- Light Needs: Full Sun
- Watering Needs: Water regularly.
There are many varieties of avocado. The varieties best for growing in South Florida are commonly called Florida avocados or green-skin avocados. These are not the dark green avocados grown in California; Florida avocados are bright green and have lower fat and calories than their California counterparts.