The varying elevation also allows for many rivers and streams to feed into the groves. In fact, 75% of Mexican avocado groves use natural irrigation. In fact, local avocado nurseries (such as the one to the right) uses the natural irrigation of the land to produce hundreds of avocado plants each year.
To help the plants grow, this nursery mixes in calcium sulfate ash into the plant’s natural volcanic soil, acting as an organic fertilizer. Then, each plant is watered from the natural rivers that flow from the mountain, 2-3 times a week, depending on the temperature. Each of these young avocado plants will produce avocados in 2 years.
Avocados from Mexico are the only avocados that are supplied to the U.S. continuously throughout the year. In fact, Mexico is the only place in the world where avocados are grown year-round. These avocados represent nearly 80% of the entire avocado market in the U.S., and continues to grow.