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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 30


Dieter W Lodder

pp: 68-71

The propagation of avocado trees has been discussed before this group a number of times. I presented the details of avocado production, as practiced at La Verne Nursery, at the Western Region Meeting in San Diego in 1974 (2), and a very detailed account on the same subject was given by W.H. Brokaw in 1977 (1).

I should point out that the avocado trees which have been planted in California during the last 20 or 30 years were produced by specialized growers who produced several hundred thousand trees annually, while only a relatively small amount of avocado trees were used for the home garden. At La Verne Nursery, we have been propagating avocado trees since 1972, primarily for the retail trade.

During the last few years avocado tree producers in California had to reduce their volume due to decline in demand for avocado trees. The reason for this is that most of the available agricultural areas in the relatively frost free coastal zones of Southern California have been planted to

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