Agriculture: Avocado Pest Management Guidelines

Timings for Key Cultural and Monitoring Practices

Outlined below in the shaded areas are approximate times of key cultural/monitoring practices for avocado trees growing in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Optimal times vary according to location, weather, and crop development stage. Testing foliage and soil generally are done once during the indicated period. Practices such as cultivation, frost protection, irrigation, and pest monitoring are ongoing or are repeated at appropriate intervals.

TIME OF YEAR JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
CROP DEVELOPMENT STAGE
older fruit development or presence                        
young fruit development                        
pollination and fruit set                        
pre-bloom and open flower                        
leaf flush                        
CULTURAL and MONITORING PRACTICES
irrigate regularly based on monitoring trees' need for water                        
monitor pests regularly                        
prune and thin where beneficial1                        
protect against frost                        
place honey bee hives in groves                        
test soil nutrients, pH, etc.                        
measure and adjust irrigation output and uniformity                        
test irrigation water quality                        
harvest                        
cultivate weeds                        
fertilize if needed                            
sample foliar nutrients                        
test soil salinity                        
1 Major pruning period is Jan.-Apr., but minor pruning takes place year-round.

Adapted from: CAC and CMCC. 2003. A Pest Management Strategic Plan for Avocado Production in California. Irvine, CA: California Avocado Commission and California Minor Crops Council.

Text Updated: 09/16