Persea sp. is an evergreen tree that will reach 60 feet in nature. The plant in the greenhouse is 6 feet tall with a spread of 8 feet at 9 years old. With selective pruning and pot size the plant's size is easily controlled. It is a native of Guatemala, Mexico and the West Indies.
Blooming Time: Mid to Late Winter. Flowers are formed at the tips of branches. Panicles of flower are up to 6 inches long. Individual flowers are 3/8 inch across.
Culture: Persea sp. do best in full sun to partial shade with intermediate to warm temperatures. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The plant should be kept moist at all times. Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer. Selective pruning is necessary to keep the plant within bounds. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring after flowering.
Propagation: Persea sp. is propagated by stem cutting or by layers in spring and by seed.
Persea sp. was featured as Plant of the Week December 22, 2000-January 4, 2001.
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