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Timely Tendings: Let avocado and bananas ripen after picking

An autumn harvest of avocados

Several varieties of avocado mature during the fall and winter months. Booth, Monroe, Hall, Lula, Taylor and Choquette avocados are harvested from October through February.

Avocado fruits don't ripen on the tree. Mature fruit ripens three to eight days after it is picked. Avocados ripen best at temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees. Cold storage can delay ripening. To learn more about growing avocados, visit edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg213.

Yes, we have some bananas

Many banana trees have large stalks of fruit now. It takes from 2 1/2 to six months for the bananas to mature, depending on temperatures, cultivar and cultural practices.

The individual fruit should be plump with no distinct ridges. Mature fruit will turn pale green. Harvest and allow to fully ripen before eating.

Bananas need fertile conditions with plenty of water for best growth and fruit production. They also require plenty of potassium. For more information on growing bananas, visit edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg040.

Compiled by Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. For additional landscape and garden information, visit pinellascounty extension.org. For regular tips and information about what's growing in Pinellas, go to facebook.com/growpinellas.

Timely Tendings: Let avocado and bananas ripen after picking 11/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 5:39pm]

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