- Author: Alison L Kent
Crops that grow on trees involve a lot of risk by the grower. They do not produce for the first two or three years, but require time and resources so that they will yield as much as possible when they do come into fruit. Avocados take this one step further: they produce fruit only every other year.
Dr. Carol Lovatt of UC Riverside has been working at the South Coast REC in Irvine to find ways to get avocados to bear fruit all in the same year, using a combination of fertilizers and hormones. She’s been able to get the avocados to synchronize their harvest time so growers can use their resources more efficiently.