John Emett – Grower Services, South Auckland and Northland
It is a busy time on an avocado orchard now with the last harvest happening, new fruit set to look after, pests on the increase, fertiliser to be applied, and irrigation to attend to. Attention to these factors now will reap rewards come harvest next season.
At this stage the set for the coming season in both districts looks promising, but as growers often say “ask me in February”.
A number of Whangarei growers have commented to me that they will not be growing small fruit this coming season and if it is there in February, it will be cut off!
A few growers have tried cincturing large limbs to induce buds to shoot where there is no growth points.
The cinture is performed with a hand saw and goes around halfway on the limb. Take the cut to a depth where white shavings come off the blade, around four millimetres. This is done in October/November when the sap starts to flow. The wound callouses over relatively quickly. The success rate to date has been very good.