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Hard lumps in flesh of avocado fruit

Avocado    Norfolk Island

Our trees are large old ones and the fruit is inedible because there are pea sized seed-like lumps all through the flesh. Is there a way to treat the trees to improve the fruit?


Posted by: Muddydud (1 point) Muddydud
Posted: September 27, 2014


David Hughes commented,
what color are they? Can you send a picture please?
almost 6 years ago.

Muddydud commented,
As well as the seeds you can see there are lots of tiny ones about hundreds and thousands size throughout the flesh.

almost 6 years ago.

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I believe these hard lumps can either be formed as the result of the avocado fruit being 'stung' by an insect or through a boron deficiency in the soil. Are there any spots on the outside of the fruit on the skin? That could help identify the culprit.


Posted by: Lindsay McMenemy (2 points) Lindsay McMenemy
Posted: September 30, 2014


Muddydud commented,
There are no obvious spots on the skin which would indicate insect stings. Not all the avocado trees on Norfolk Island have this problem. Many people are able to grow great fruit. If it is an insect any suggestions as how to treat it? We've put boron around the base of the trees. How long after doing that does it take to make a difference? We plan to prune the trees way back very soon.
almost 6 years ago.

Lindsay McMenemy commented,
I would think you would see improvements in any new fruit set after the boron application. It's difficult to recommend a treatment for insects without knowing what the problem is. Non-specific spraying can cause more harm than good and is not a good idea if you cannot see any insects on trees/fruit
almost 6 years ago.



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