Esther is a medium to large oval shaped fruit very similar to Hass. The flesh is creamy and delicious, similar colour to Hass, the seed however is slightly bigger than the Hass. The special thing about Esther is that the plant is semi dwarf. The fruit lasts longer on shelves once picked and extremely prolific.
Esther, as in the case of most avocado cultivars, does not have distinctive foliage and cannot consistently be distinguished from Hass on the basis of leaf, flower, or limb traits. In tree form Esther is rounded and quite uniform in tree outline. Growth is vigorous, but only about two-thirds the size of Hass. This makes this variety perfect for container growing or if the space is limited.
Production is consistently heavy with exceptionally little alternation. Esther is self pollinator, a semi dwarf. Plant is 2+ years.
Plant in a warm sheltered position.
Plenty of water around summer, less during winter. Never let the soil dry out or the roots to soak in water
Well-draining, mulch well to keep moist all year around. Prefer to be planted on the mound. Can’t tolerate clayish soil. Add scoria at the bottom of planter/pot for good drainage and some blood and bone in the hole prior to planting
Every 4 weeks from spring to autumn. Love seaweed juice. Mulch and use any kind of fertilizer. Nitrogen hungry. Give chicken manure 3 times a year
Keep away from strong wind. Young or small plants will require protection cover to establish well. Stake the plant /branch for support
Frost tender when young, provide shade or cloth cover during winter. An exception is the Mexicola variety which is very frost tolerant
1-2 years for grafted and cutting grown. 4+ years from seedlings. Planting both A and B type improves fruit set. Plant flowers like lavender close by to encourage bees around
Every 1st April for vigorous growth the following season