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Looking for Kona Sharwil Avocado Tree
I discovered the Kona Sharwil avocado while searching on the web for the perfect small avocado tree to grow containerized in a greenhouse in upstate New York. Unfortunately, I have not found where one can purchase one. There was a post on this site last year by a person who had one, and I was wondering if anyone out your way knows of a nursery or farm that sells this wonderful tree or knows more about its growing habits, yield, etc. I tried responding to the thread from last year, but was told I could not respond to archived postings.
The following thread was started by Cecelia on July 21, 2006 at 1:33 pm PST
Check with CRFG Orange Cty chapter.
The above followup was added by pitangadiego on July 21, 2006 at 8:52 pm PST.
Need more information on last reply
Thank you pitangadiego for your reply to my posting. I am located in New York and am not familiar with California organizations. Can you give me the full name, web address, phone number or other specific information about this organization? Thank you
The above followup was added by Cecelia on July 22, 2006 at 7:13 am PST.
Holiday is another good choice
Holiday avocado is another great choice if your looking for a tree that can be maintained at a small size. Here is a phone number for a nursery near me that ships out of state.
It's been awhile since I looked at their website but I seem to remember that they can ship out of state.
William Visalia Ca
The above followup was added by William on July 22, 2006 at 7:41 am PST.
The above followup was added by pitangadiego on July 23, 2006 at 3:07 pm PST.
Thanksfor the information
Thank you to pitangadiego for the great website. I'm pretty sure I can find what I am looking for now.
The above followup was added by Cecelia on July 23, 2006 at 7:13 pm PST.
Cecelia, we are lucky around here. We have the University of Ca Riverside as well as CRFG. I got my first "Kona" Sharwil from Julie Frink, the small one you see in the pics of the prior post. It was one of her grafted trees. I brought it home and while prepping the area I was going to plant it in, I broke off a limb with the water hose. I had some seedlings ready to be grafted and I used the limb I broke off and grafted two seedlings with the limb. Those two are now larger and taller than the original plant. The other Sharwils I have came from UCR. I was granted permission to cut some scions. I cut six and they all took.
From what I have learned they are not small plants. They are an average size avocado tree. However, what I am seeing from my personal experience is that the seedling or rootstock used is what controls the size of the plant more than the grafted scion.
To give you an idea of what i mean, I have two Carmen Hass growing on Dusa II clonal rootstock. The plants are identical in size and shape they almost look like twins. I have about ten Hass all grafted on to seedlings and everyone is different in size of trunk, height, bushiness etc. I "had" four Gillogly that were grafted on to seedlings they were all different. I kept the one that I thought had the best seedling rootstock traits for future experimentation this coming spring, boy that sounds evil.
One thing I can tell you, is that Sharwil is probably one of the best tasting cados I have ever tried.
Hope any of this helped, good luck.
The above followup was added by AlexG on July 23, 2006 at 8:33 pm PST.
I have one of those Holiday Avocados in the ground. It is four years old and this is the first year it has held any fruit, about four. When compared to a three year old Hass I have that is holding more than 150 fruit. So roughly 18 months later I will be able to taste its fruits flavor. As for the tree itself, not very impressive. The leaves are real long and thin, they almost have a Eucalyptus look to them. The tree is almost impossible to control, it wants to just fall and run all over the ground like a vine, I am telling you this is one weird growing avocado tree. I sure hope the fruit is worth all the trouble. I will keep you all posted on it's progress.
Why don't you try a Reed? It's a great tasting fruit and I know a commercial grower who keeps them about 7' tall and do they a great job of producing.
The above followup was added by AlexG on July 23, 2006 at 8:44 pm PST.
I hate to play the pedant, but (for those who care about such things) the name of the cultivar is just plain "Sharwil". It originated in Australia, but became popular in Hawaii. Growers (or someone) there slapped "Kona" onto the name.
Frink is the CRFG's current avocado expert, and she speaks very highly of "Sharwil". While I don't want to put words in her mouth, I get the impression that she might rank "Sharwil" as her favorite: and I'm sure that she's tasted hundreds of cultivars at the U.C. South Coast Field Station avocado groves!
I don't know of any other organization that propagates and sells "Sharwil" trees *other* than the CRFG Orange County chapter. (Although such nurseries may be out there somewhere in California, or possibly Florida.) However, CRFG Orange County sells their plants at local (Southern California) plant sales; they're not a mail-order nursery.
But perhaps if you wrote them and pleaded persuasively enough, and agreed to arrange for shipping yourself, they might be willing to sell and send you a tree.
The above followup was added by Ashok on July 23, 2006 at 11:30 pm PST.
Thanks to all for your help
Thank you to pitangadiego, William, AlexG and Ashok for the information on Sharwils. I located one source for them in Hawaii, but they are pricey due to the cost of containerizing and shipping them so far; and they are not yet old enough to send at this time. So . . . . if anyone knows an actual merchant who sells them stateside USA, I would be most grateful to receive that information. p.s. Holidays take 18 months to ripen. Does anyone know of a tasty, easy to grow (in a container), self-pollinating, fast ripening, long season (fruits mature over a long period of months) small-dwarfish variety? I dont want much, do I?
The above followup was added by Cecelia on July 29, 2006 at 4:25 am PST.
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