Bay Area yards are filled with mysterious avocado varieties. This man is on a mission to find them all.
Meet Gary Gragg, a horticulturist and avocado obsessive who's dedicated his life to the fruit.
By ELENA KADVANY Feb. 8, 2022
San Francisco Chronicle
Constanza Hevia H./Special to The Chronicle
Reed Avocado Fruiting Reports
GARY!! MY AVOCADO TREE IS DYING!!!
6/16/19 Reed Avocado Fruiting Report #1
7/17/19 Reed Avocado Fruiting Report #2
Yes, it is true, you can successfully grow avocados in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout low elevation Northern California.
Gary Gragg has experimented with countless varieties on his Lafayette Winters and Richmond sites for the past 18 years and has learned the subtleties of each and best practices for their successful cultivation. Is it more of a challenge to grow avocados here than on the winter-warm hillsides of San Diego? Yes, but select the right varieties, plant them in the right locations, keep them moist but not saturated, keep the deer away, protect them from frost and scorching sun the first few years until they bulk up, encourage as many bees as possible to visit your trees in Spring, mulch, mulch and then mulch some more, and you too will be the most popular person on the block, wielding your massive green surplus for favors, barter, goodwill or better.
Watch the Videos below starring our very own demonstration Reed Avocado tree located in our parking lot at the nursery over a full year of fruiting sequence. And don't dare grab any lest the lethal booby traps trigger! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Gary displays a harvest from his
Lafayette grove of Bacon, Mexico
Grande, Zutano and Fuerte avocados
(Left to Right)
Golden Gate Palms Super Awesome
Avocado Video Series
What would you do if you suddenly found yourself as the authority on a magical fruit that previously no one thought they could grow, that had tons of beneficial health qualities, is delicious, and super beautiful when everyone found out about you and then sent countless questions your way via email, phone, text and even smoke signal???? So many that you did not even have time to answer them all??? RIGHT! Make a bunch of Super Awesome videos. If you are willing to come down to the nursery, we will talk your ear off on growing these most wondrous fruits. Or you can arrange to call Gary for a prepaid half hour phone consult at $100, Or better yet, listen to him spew more guacamole prose than you ever cared to listen to below by watching his "Golden Gate Palms Super Awesome Avocado Video Series". Bon Appétit!