What do I plant my dwarf avocado trees in and what fertiliser should I use?

Q.

Hi there, I have four dwarf avocado trees arriving next week, I am going to be growing them in planter containers. My question is can you please advise the correct soil and liquid fertiliser to use?

Loretta

A.

Hi Loretta, avocado's need a well drained potting mix as they are susceptible to root rot disorders if the soil or potting mix gets water logged and does not drain sufficiently. Our recommendation would be to use Tui Citrus and Fruit mix. It is a bark based mix, with a controlled release fertiliser for sustained feeding and Saturaid to channel the water to plant roots where it is required. In pots, we would recommend using Tui Enrich Fruit, Citrus, Tree & Shrub controlled release fertiliser which is great for growing in pots and containers. The key will be to consistently water your trees, protect them from the wind as it can burn the leaves, and make sure the containers you are growing in are suitable for large trees and have adequate drainage holes. Your dwarf trees will grow to 2.5 metres, but because pots restrict plant roots, they will only grow as big as the pot you put them in. The Tui Team.

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