Egg fruit can be planted in square or rectangular pattern, the recommended spacing being 6m × 6m to 8m × 8m. If irrigation is available, planting can be done at any time of the year; otherwise, it is better to wait until the start of the rainy season. Other practices as detailed under avocado should be adopted.
In the early stages of plant growth, mild pruning is necessary to provide the tree a good and strong framework, with several well-spaced branches. Ultimately, such pruning produces a well-balanced, symmetrical tree with an open canopy. Pruning in subsequent years should be limited to eliminate the malformed, dead or diseased branches.
Exact nutrient requirements of egg fruit are not studied. However, the doses recommended for avocado can be adopted.
After planting, young trees must be watered and supported by stakes. To protect trees from sunburn, they should be provided with shade. Sometimes, the trunks of the young trees are whitewashed. To start with 60cm 2 basin around the plant is adequate, however, once in a while, size of the basin should be expanded with increase in the canopy size. Other aftercare operations involve regular watering during dry periods, occasional weeding, shallow digging of the basin so as not to injure the surface roots, removing of sprouts on the rootstocks (in case of grafted plants), attending to plant-protection measures and manuring.
Intercropping in young orchards can be taken up by selecting a suitable vegetable crop as it gives additional income to the growers. Moreover, an intercropping system keeps the soil cool, adds organic matter, suppresses weeds, improves soil structure and may fix nitrogen. But these crops should not be raised very close to the avocado trees lest they compete with them for nutrients.
Areas with plenty of well-distributed rainfall do not require irrigation. In other places, ring system of irrigation may be resorted to as it economises on water requirement and the frequency of irrigation may be scheduled depending on soil type and rainfall.