Berian Carstais was selling avocado trees at the Wondai Garden Expo.
Berian Carstais was selling avocado trees at the Wondai Garden Expo. Tobi Loftus

Avos steal the show at Wondai

AVOCADOS were all the rage at the Wondai Spring Garden Expo on the weekend.

A number of the stalls were selling the delicious green fruits and their trees.

Berian Carstais, from BJ Plants in Brisbane, said there was a lot of interest in avocado trees.

"It's getting a lot harder to access the trees, so that's why we've been getting a lot of interest,” he said.

"They are growing quite well (in this region), though if you get a bit of a cold-block, it's good to look for a variety that are good-hearty, like bacon avocado.”

Mr Carstais said it was about a three-year process to properly grow an avocado tree.

"You start with the root stock, you don't grow the tree itself, but you grow the root stock,” he said.

"You let that get to a suitable size and then you graft another variety of avocado on to the top.

"So it takes about three years from the get-go.”

He said there were many benefits to people growing their own avocados.

"The fruit is better if you can pick it at the optimal time from the tree, the supermarket often picks them too early,” he said.

"If you've got a large property, if you have your own tree, you can get fruit when you need them.

"Avocado is one of the only fruits in the world which does not ripen on the tree, so you take one when you need it, let it ripen in the kitchen. If you take it from the supermarket they're all going to ripen at once.”

Wondai Garden Expo president Helen Young said the event was a success.

"We're always so amazed at all the positive feedback and reaction we get from everyone that comes here,” she said.

"We had a record crowd last autumn, so we were expecting close to that.”

Ms Young said despite the dry weather, gardeners were still out in force.

"We learn to live with dry weather, it's the norm rather than the exception here and so we grow the type of plants that will adapt to dry spells,” she said.

"People will buy plants and nurse them until they get rain and it's time to plant them out. It's going to rain eventually.

"Roses are a good bet for gardens at the moment. They are classed as recommended plant for people on water restrictions, once they are established they do well.”

Ms Young said a good garden came down to how much time you take to establish a plant, not the weather.

"It's like an infant, you can't just throw one out on to the football field and expect it to survive,” she said.

"Neither can you put a baby plant out in the garden and expect it to grow without any attention, it's all relative to the trouble you give to establish a plant.”

The Wondai Garden Expo will return in April.

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