Avocado

 

Evergreen tree in nature, size varies by variety. What they need: Drainage and mulch. Amend heavy & clay soils. Water: keep moist but not wet. Deep water less often; no sprinklers. Fertilize: Feed young trees lightly. Mature trees need 1 pound of Nitrogen per year; half in spring & half in summer. Check chlorosis w/ iron or zinc chelates. Pollination: Combine type A bloomer w/ type B for best fruit production.

Hass

Flower type A. Harvest: Feb. to Oct. Hardy to 30 degrees F. Med.-large tree. Excellent quality fruit. 7-12 oz. fruit Medium bumpy green skin turns black when ripe. Excellent for home or orchard use.

Holiday

Flower type: A. Bears Aug. to July Small tree type = 12 ft. The fruit holds well on the tree for a prolonged harvest. 15 –30 oz sized fruit. Ideal for small yards Bears Labor Day to New Years.

Little Cado

Flower type A or B. Harvest: May to Sept. Hardy to 32 degrees F. Small tree / 12 ft. Use as Dwarf backyard tree, patio planter, or espalier. Good tasting fruit, 8-14 oz. pyramid-form shaped fruit w/ medium thin skin. A or B flower.

 

Guava

 

Pineapple (Feijoa)

Large multi-stem shrub or tree. Spring bloom with summer fruit. Flowers are edible also. Flower petals are sweet, use in salads, jellies & jams. Use fruit for juice or salad.

Beaumount (Psidium)

Large shrub/small trimmed tree. Bears late summer into fall. Good eaten fresh. Use in jellies, purées & juice drinks. Red skin. Self fruitful.

Lemon Guava (Psidium lucidum)

Basically the same as Beaumount except larger, wider & more open growing & lighter flesh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

Deciduous fruit

Nuts

Grapes

Vegetables

Berries

Citrus

Specialty Fruit

Chill Hours

Cold chill hours can be a little confusing. Basically they are the number of hours below 45°F subtracting the number of hours above 60°F between the months of November and February.

If you live in or around any of these areas, your average chill hours are:

  • Malibu, Ventura, Santa Barbara: ± 300 Hours
  • San Fernando Valley, Fillmore, Simi Valley: ± 800 Hours or less
  • Santa Clarita, Lancaster: 800 Hours or more

There is no simple test for "Chill Hours" and they are calculated as an average. Each winter season differs in total chill hours accumulated, which can affect fruit production. Most of the fruit trees we carry at Otto & Sons are classified as low chill requirement and are better matched for our Southern California chill hours.