Maximise your resources by planting dwarf avocado trees
Dwarf avocado trees require minimal maintenance while offering high yields. If you decide to farm this crop, you’ll be able to maximise your resources and produce more avos with less effort. Interested in avo farming? Find durable equipment for sale on AgriMag and get your new venture off to a great start.
Benefits of growing dwarf avocado trees
Farmers are faced with increasing input expenses and limited resources. As a result, farmers are constantly on the lookout for strategies to boost their yield. An advantage of growing dwarf avocado trees is that they take up less space. You’ll be able to produce more avos from a compact orchard while reducing labour expenses. This type of farming also decreases production costs. Money is saved on pruning and spraying due to the smaller size of these trees. Harvesting the avos from dwarf trees is also quicker and easier.
Growing dwarf avocado trees
Dwarf avocado trees thrive in loamy soil that is well-drained and aerated. When soil is waterlogged, it increases the risk of the roots being damaged by phytophthora. These trees are well-suited to compact orchards with a density of 550 trees per ha. Gem is a variety of dwarf avocado trees that is suitable for farming in South Africa and is well-suited to locations with a high altitude. These trees thrive in KwaZulu-Natal and Schagen. The right conditions for this type of farming can also be found in Tzaneen in Limpopo.
Gem begins flowering during September and October. The avos are carried for a year before harvesting takes place. Fertiliser needs to be applied regularly to ensure that the trees have sufficient nutrients. Gem delivers a consistent crop with a higher yield than bigger trees. The fruit from the trees is bigger and there are fewer differences in the size of the crop. The avos usually grow on the inner branches, which offer them protection from extreme weather conditions. The end result is increased yield due to a decreased number of damaged avos.
South African market
The local environment is well-suited to growing avocados with green skin but there is a high demand for avos with black skin. Growing both variations is the best option because it creates more marketing opportunities. Retail outlets examine how the avos look and check their shelf life before buying the produce. The prices in the avocado industry are rising, which is encouraging for local farmers.
Now that you know more about dwarf avocado trees, you can plant them on your farm and reap the benefits. Before you get started, invest in reliable equipment that will get the job done. Find equipment for sale on AgriMag and enjoy great savings.