Avocado Seeds are harvested from tested mother tree orchards at our farm in Limpopo South Africa. Seeds are germinated in the correct temperatures and planted into small bags. When seedlings reach the age of 3 months we graft a cultivar onto the seedling. When the nursery trees adapted well with the bud wood we allow to grow for another 2 months before we list the trees for sale. When the trees reach an age of 12 months the tree is ready to be planted.
Bud wood and rootstock material standards
All mother trees from where seeds and bud wood are used are tested for ASBVd at least once every 3 years.
The seeds (fruits) are harvested from healthy trees and and not soiled.
When seeds are removed from the fruit it is treated (warm bath or steam) at 50 °C for 30 minutes or immersed in a 0.5 % OxyacidTM (hydrogen peroxide) solution for 30 seconds to protect the seed against P. c.
After treatment the seed is dipped in Chronos, a broad-spectrum fungicide.
The seed is placed in clean crates and stored at approximately 6 °C.
Bud wood and rootstock material are taken from approved and indexed trees selected for vigour, productivity and health status and free from ASBVd.