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Avocado now in blossom

March 1, 2011

Many fruit trees are now in blossom at Dokmai Garden: cashew (Anacardium occidentale, Anacardiaceae), santol (Sandoricum koetjape, Meliaceae), longan (Dimocarpus longan, Sapindaceae), luna fruit (Lepisanthes fruticosa, Sapindaceae), java apple (Syzygium samarangense, Myrtaceae), rose apple (Syzygium jambos), pineapple (Ananas comosus, Bromeliaceae) and mango (Mangifera indica, Anacardiaceae). Sunday’s lightning and thunder did not result in many drops of rain here, which is good because that could ruin our mango crop. Bananas, papayas, miracle berry and citruses are in blossom almost all year round. We also have a flush of breadfruits (Artocarpus altilis, Moraceae) and jackfruits (Artocarpus heterophyllus, Moraceae) ripening.

Our largest avocado (Persea americana, Lauraceae) made its first flowers last year, at age three. Now when it is celebrating the mature age of four years, it is making another flush of blossom. This tree was simply derived from a seed from a fruit we bought at a supermarket. Of course, seedlings are untested, we do not know if their fruits will be better or worse than the mother fruit. Since it appears this is the only avocado in blossom, we may have to get pollen from another tree to induce fruits – a dear trouble!

Ketsanee Seehamongkol

P.S. Amphibians, lizards and birds respond to the longer daylengths and the shifts in temperature too. The garden fence lizard is active now, and this morning I saw the first azur blue sapphire head. The male tockay geckos bark loudly, and they are so funny I can not help but laughing sometimes. The colourful male silver pheasant is suddenly protective and hiss at me to impress his wife. March is a colourful and very busy season!

Eric

A pioneer avocado flower

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