You asked: Can you grow avocado in South Africa?

In South Africa, certain areas are suitable for highly productive avocado farming, provided the climatic conditions are suitable. These areas include the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, as well as certain parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape.

Where do avocados grow in South Africa?

Avocados in South Africa are grown under drip irrigation in the Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwa Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape Provinces.

What season do avocados grow in South Africa?

In South Africa, the bulk of avocados are produced from March to September, depending on the production area and the cultivar which can extend the season from February to November. For example, the Fuerte avocado is harvested from February to April around the town of Levubu in the far north of the Limpopo province.

How many years does it take for an avocado tree to produce fruit?

If you have purchased and planted a tree, you can probably expect to see your first fruit three to four years after planting. If you are growing from a seed, it can take anywhere from five to 13 years before the tree is mature enough to set fruit.

Why are avocados so expensive in South Africa?

One of the reasons for the current high prices is that South Africa does not have a local production season from around the middle of December to the middle of March. Imported fruit is always going to be much more expensive.

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How much are avocados in South Africa?

A kilo of South Africa Avocados is around USD 0.91 in Johannesburg and Cape Town, packed and ready for export. The price in ZAR currency is 0.0635635. The prices of avocados in South Africa per tonne for the years 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 were US$ 38.40, US$ 31.98, US$ 47.89 and US$ 28.37 respectively.

How do you pick avocados in South Africa?

An avocado is tested for firmness. Fruit needs to be picked when mature as the fruit will only ripen after picking. If picked while still immature, the fruit will not ripen but rather shrivel. For the best eating quality, avocados must have an oil content of at least 10 per cent.

How do I grow an avocado tree in my backyard?

How to Grow Avocado at Home

  1. Poke the Seed with Toothpicks. …
  2. Place the Seed Over Water. …
  3. Let the Roots Grow. …
  4. Cut the Stem. …
  5. Plant the Seed in Soil. …
  6. Place the Pot in the Sun and Water Well. …
  7. Prune the Tree as it Grows. …
  8. Fertilize Weekly in Summer.
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