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Old 02-26-2015, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Avocado Time to Ripeness

Does anyone know of a chart depicting the time between fruit set and harvest for the various species of avocados? I am particularly interested to know of the length of time the avocado variety known as "Wurtz" takes to ripen. Thanks in advance for any input.

BTW, I harvested my first bunch of Blue Java about a month ago, but was not impressed. We pampered all our bananas for years, then not so much the last two years due to unavoidable time resrtictions. I am certain the poor result in bunch size and flavor was due to lack of fertilizer and regular irrigation.

On the bright side, we have a Sweetheart with a flower and 5 hands revealed so far that has seemingly survived one night at 30F and a second night at 29F here in zone 10a. I plan to post pics to the pre and post cold exposure as soon as I know for sure how it fared.
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Avocado (Persea americana) varieties - TopTropicals.com
maybe this will help.

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Information on Wurtz is here:
Panorama Database Query:AvocadoDB/form

A whole lot more information on Avocado Varieties is here:
Avocado Varieties
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Thanks you guys for your help. I appreciate the links. I am familiar with the links posted but the problem is they don't provide the "hang time" of the fruit on the tree until ripeness. I know Pollock has a short hang time, but Haas takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r. I need a short hang time due to the high squirrel damage I will get. I'll keep looking for the info. Thanks guys.
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Thanks you guys for your help. I appreciate the links. I am familiar with the links posted but the problem is they don't provide the "hang time" of the fruit on the tree until ripeness. I know Pollock has a short hang time, but Haas takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r. I need a short hang time due to the high squirrel damage I will get. I'll keep looking for the info. Thanks guys.
Adding your location to your profile would help us all. Ripening times for several fruits -- including avocado vary greatly between central CA, southern CA, central and southern FL, PR, CR, and Ecuador.

"Hang time" does not refer to time until ripeness, but instead "time from ripeness until they fall off the tree".

If the characteristics of Wurtz are appealing to you and suitable to your environment, then I recommend you grow Holiday instead.

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Greetings,

First, thanks again to those who tried to help me.

Second, when double checking a resource I had scanned over previously, I found the info I was looking for at last (leave it to IFAS). I was surprised at first to see the "time to maturity" of the fruit was based not on specie, but on "race" (genus?) of the plant in question. As you will see from the IFAS chart, what determines time to maturity is whether an avo is a WI, G or M variety. That's it, just three main categories. It does not turn on individual specie. Seems logical in retrospect b/c so many other characteristics of avos break down this way.

In case anyone in the future has the same question, or just curious about finding some comprehensive avo info, I found my answer here at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences website: CIR1034/MG213: Avocado Growing in the Florida Home Landscape
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I was surprised at first to see the "time to maturity" of the fruit was based not on specie, but on "race" (genus?) of the plant in question.
Species is a subdivision of Genus.
Race is a subdivision of species.
Cultivar (or variety) is an individual selection of a species, propagated by cutting (grafting), and might represent one or more races due to hybridization.
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As you will see from the IFAS chart, what determines time to maturity is whether an avo is a WI, G or M variety.
They have lumped them by race. More detailed information is available here:
UC ANR Avocado Information
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Thanks for posting the UC Avo info again. It is information dense and I browsed it a great while when you shared it earlier, plant nerd that I am. Unfortunately, with all its data, there is no mention of "time to ripeness" for any variety. The IFAS page was the only resource I found that hit that nail on the head. I'm just glad it is found and now posted for anyone else who may want to know that specific info in the future.
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