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-t- Hass Avocado Tree (Pollinator)
Hass Avocado Tree
Delicious Avocados Without the Wait
Hass Avocado Tree

Our Grafted Avocados Produce up to 7 Years Sooner than Seed Grown trees.. We take a hardy avocado root stock and graft on a cutting from a mature avocado tree, proven to produce delicious fruit. So your tree thinks it's grown up and starts making fruit. This is the same process used for commercial orchards, but is not always used for the home market.

Add a unique look to your patio or sunroom with the Hass Avocado. Outdoors this fruit-bearing tree will reach heights of 15 to 20 feet and a width of 5 to 8 feet at full maturity. In a container it will reach between 5 and 7 feet in height, allowing you to easily pick your avocado fruit in late summer.

The Hass is cold-hardy down to 26 F. once established, making it suitable for climate zones 9-11. However the Hass Avocado thrives indoors for all zones, 4-11. It performs well in full to partial sunlight and is self-pollinator so you only need one tree... Read more  

$119.95
-t- Planting Mix
Cold Hardy Avocado Planting Mix

Helps your Cold Hardy Avocado get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.


Soil Contents
$6.95
-t- Patio Planting Kit
Patio Planting Kit

Our Patio Kit allows you to easily pot up your patio plant in a container with the soil and fertilizer your plant requires.

Your patio kit includes:
  1. 12in x 12in container - Perfect size for any patio plant. Made in the USA

  2. Root Rocket™ - Mycorrhizal Fungi, Provides the optimal nutrition to start your patio plant off the right way

  3. 3 bags of Patio Planting Mix - This mix is specially formulated to give your patio plant maximum results.

Container Fert Tabs Patio Mix
12in Container Root Rocket™ Patio Planting Mix
$49.95
-t- Root Rocket™ (DIEHARD™) Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

APPLICATION:
1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
$4.95
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 8ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

$14.95

Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors



Growing Zones 9-11 outdoors
This plant is recommended for zones:

4-11 patio
  /  
9-11 outdoors


You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

5-8 ft.

Sunlight:

Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:

Fair

Botanical Name:

Persea americana

Does Not Ship To:

AZ

Cold Hardy Delicious Avocados Without the Wait

Grows in all 50 States

Able to withstand frigid temperatures as low as 20 degrees, the Cold Hardy Avocado lives up to its name. This tree produces an abundant yield of fruit for more than half the year. In colder climates, just bring it inside during winter months and watch your tree continue to grow.

Plenty of Avocados to Share

Friends and family will appreciate your generosity when you share the plentiful harvest that your Cold Hardy Avocado Tree will deliver time and time again. Enjoy baskets full of beautiful avocados that grow with ease from this consistent producer. Not only are the fruit themselves bigger (up to 25% larger than other varieties), but there will be a lot more of them to go around. Aside from the sheer quantity, you'll notice the dark color, a characteristic of the fruit's health benefits which are said to far exceed that of its green cousin's.

Self Pollinating

Your Cold Hardy Avocado can produce fruit all by itself. But each tree will produce even more if you add a second, for cross-pollination. The Hass Avocado tree makes an excellent pollinator for the Cold Hard Avocado.

Superior Flavor From a Super-Food. Your Very Own Avocados Right off the Tree

You can't compare the texture or taste of a store bought green avocado to a tree ripened black avocado you'll pick from your very own tree. Whether you're making homemade guacamole or sliced avocado with lime, the bold flavor you'll enjoy from your black avocados will amaze you and encourage you to explore all the possibilities this diverse fruit has to offer. And superior taste isn't the only benefit you'll reap from your Cold Hardy Avocados. They're also good for you. That's because they're loaded with vitamins such as A, B-6, C, E, and have 60% more potassium than bananas. What's more, avocados are reported to help fight cholesterol problems because they're the only fruit with monounsaturated fat, a key ingredient necessary in maintaining proper HDL and LDL cholesterol levels. So much for an apple a day!

A Versatile Tree

Your Cold Hardy Avocado Tree can grow in a variety of ways to suit your needs and liking. For a larger tree, plant outdoors and watch it soar to heights of 20 feet or more. Or, for a shorter tree, plant in a container and you can limit growth from 5-7 feet tall. Many growers find this method optimal for moving the tree between indoors and out. Not grown for its aesthetic appeal, a single Cold Hardy Avocado tree may have more than one trunk, a trait that is helpful in carrying out the trees main purpose: producing more delicious avocados for many years to come.

Produces Fruit up to 7 Years Sooner than Seed Grown Avocado Trees...

Unfortunately many nurseries still sell seed grown trees because they are cheaper and easier to propagate. We don't grow from seed... all of our Avocado Trees are grafted from carefully selected stock. This non-GMO process is thousands of years old and is commonly used by organic orchards. Basically, we combine the root stock from a cold hardy, disease resistant variety with a mature tree, proven to make great tasting fruit. Your tree thinks it's mature and should be growing fruit... without waiting the 7 year aging cycle that seed trees go through.

Grafting insures that you get a No-Fuss tree... More Avocados earlier... And Better Tasting Fruit. Our larger sizes commonly bear fruit their very first year. Your tree is also more forgiving and easier to grow indoors or out.

Demand from new orchards and home growers has put this tree in short supply. So we recommend that you order yours today while larger sizes are still available..


Avocado Tree Pollination

While avocado trees are self-fertile, they generally have a much higher fruit yield when they have a mate to cross pollinate with. Each avocado tree has both male and female flowers, but they open at different times.

A second tree provides more opportunities for matching up male and female flowers.. More pollinated flowers means more fruit.

Two Cold Hardy Avocados will do the job... we also recommend using a Hass to pollinate your Cold Hardy. They cross-pollinate great together and you get a variety of fruit.





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Doing great over winter in my greenhouse in Western WA
Bought two in October. I repotted immediately and put them in my greenhouse to overwinter. They're doing fine. No growth yet, but didn't expect there would be this time of year. Only issue: one tree was much smaller than the other. Don't know is one tree was too small, or maybe I got lucky and was sent one tree that was much more developed. They are approx. the same height but one seems much more mature.
January 9, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
The tree came packaged well and the first one looked a little weak and eventually died but the company quickly sent me a second with no trouble and it arrived strong and healthy, unfortunately it died as well. I later found out that I did two things wrong, first I planted them at the wrong time of year and second I put way too much cow manure in the hole I dug for them.....very dissapointed but not with the company this was my own fault....I should have waited til mid to late October to avoid the summer heat the first year of the trees growth.....sooooo maybe next year will do it again minus the mistakes. =
January 1, 2013
Purchased
over 4 years ago
2011- I bought my Cold Hardy Avocado Tree this summer, when it arrived it was packaged in a heavy box. I was really impressed when i slid it out of the box. It was at least 7 feet tall. Beautiful tree!! I live in the south and i Potted it and took it in my house when it got down to 45 degrees. Now it is December and it is full of blooms and doing great. Every day it is doing something different. love my Cold Hardy Avocado tree.
January 1, 2013
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Love my new avacado trees, They're doing well, but its only March. I'm going to grow them in large pots. I live in south Texas where its gets to 105 degrees, and have a scientific plan to keep them alive. Bought a slow drip irrigation system (they're really cheap) to keep soil moist. After putting 2 drips for each tree, I'll then cover soil in mulch. Also buying a misting system on a timer that will automatically mist trees every 3 hours during the summer day to keep them cool. If my system works as expected, I'm going to buy a bunch more fruit and avacado trees from Fast Growing trees. I will be backyard orchard heaven. My hobby used to be salt water aquariums, now its avacado/fruit trees. Wish me luc
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Love this tree.Bought this tree over a year ago. It was healthy when I received it. It was about two feet tall. Repotted it and keep it indoors for the most part do to the wind south west Kansas. Watered it once a week for the longest time now it twice a week because it is a little over six feet tall and healthy. Believe it or not I am going to have avocados this year. Not many but I see eight little green avocados. I pollinated with a little paint brush and kept it in a zip lock bag. I do keep this tree by my patio door so it does get a lot of sun light.
May 1, 2015
Garden City, KS
Growing Zone:
9
In the Spring of 2012, we purchased a 7-8Ft. ""cold Hardy Avocado tree"" from fast growing trees. We live in zone 6 (Cleveland, OH) and thought it could possibly die in this area. We planted it in a huge pot and kept it outside until mid Septempber. It is now situated in our sunroom and is doing great! It has about 200 flower buds on the branches! To polinate the tree- we took a cotton sqab and touched all the flowers. Hopefully it will work and we will have avocados soon! I am totally shocked that this Cold Hardy Avocado Tree is doing well
January 1, 2013
Purchased
over 4 years ago
None of these reviews really help me. I live in zone 9 where a Hass avocado can be killed at 30F. Zone 9 is between 20F and 30F. Yet if you spray with ""wilt proof"" and cover with ""bubble cloth"" in the late fall removing it in the early spring it is possible to grow tender Hass avocado's. Zone 8 is 10F to 20F. Will these avocado's really survive winter temps down to 10F? Does anyone have any trees growing in their yard that has surived a zone 8 winter and gone on to produce fruit the next season?
January 1, 2013
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Hello readers! I have just received my 2 cold hardy avocado trees- i ordered the 2-3 foot ones. It took 4 days to receive from date ordered to my front door. Pretty quick!I was a little disappointed that they are more 2 ft- 28 inches to be exact, but they are what I ordered. I was hoping more for the 3ft size.Some of the leaves are bug eaten and split, but for the most part they look healthy with a healthy graft. Arrived in a pot with loose soil and bamboo staked. Well packed in a sturdy box. Fingers crossed! :)I bought the $6 for insuring the 2 trees against killing it!! :) Worth it for me! Wish me luck!
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Has anyone actually gotten edible avocados from their tree? I keep seeing reviews that say they are "looking forward" to them. I have had my tree for about 2 years now and the first year I got about 4 small avocados that turned black and fell off when they were about the size of a quarter. No blooms or fruit since. Please someone tell me a success story with these trees!
December 17, 2014
Solon Springs, WI
Growing Zone:
4
I ordered my tree a couple months ago but due to weather they did not ship until last week. Awesome care if you ask me. The tree looks vibrant and healthy. Its leaves were droopy when it arrived but soaking it in water for a couple hours perked it right up. I'm new to this plant so I guess the only concern I have is when I transplanted I noticed the roots were brown instead of white is this normal? The plant is already showing new growth so I don't think I have anything to be concerned about. Very happy with my purchase and with this tree. HOpe to have fruit on it in a year.
January 1, 2013

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Cold Hardy Avocado


Cold Hardy Avocado Planting Diretions

Avocados can easily be grown in the home, garden, orchard or patio. They can be grown in America with great success and thrive in warm climates. They require little to no pruning and are easily contained.

Seasonal information: Cold hardy avocado trees typically do well areas that have mild winters. The cold hardy avocado is specially adapted to our cooler climates. They will grow in shade but prefer full sun when possible. A cold hardy avocado fruit has a 25% yield rate, which means, only 25% of the flowers will make fruit. The skin of the fruit is paper-thin, and purple-black in color. They have high quality flesh with a large amount of oil content and are hardy to about 20F once established.

Location: The roots are highly competitive, so be sure to allow space or consider potting your cold hardy avocado tree. Give the tree plenty of room, up to 20 feet if not containerized, to avoid competition. The Avocado can provide a perfect windbreak for windy inland canyons or beaches.

Planting instructions: Planting in fall or at the start of the rainy season is best. In cold winter areas, plant in the early spring so the tree has a chance to extend roots before winter sets in. Water the tree well before planting and choose a sunny area. Then, dig a hole larger than the pot you purchased it in and one to two inches deeper. Remove the tree from the pot and separate the roots, careful to avoid breakage. Water the tree and fill in the dirt as you water. Cover the new soil with mulch to retain moisture and keep weeds away.

Watering: Cold hardy avocado trees may not need to be watered during the winter season or rainy months, but watch for extended mid-winter dry spells. Over-watering can cause root rot, which is the most common cause of avocado death. To test to see if your tree has sufficient moisture and drainage, dig a small hole at least nine inches deep. Pick up a small handful of dirt and squeeze it. If it is moist (retains its squeezed shape), do not water. If it is dry and crumbly in your hand, you should water. Watch soil moisture carefully at the end of the irrigating season. Make sure the soil has dried out before winter arrives.

While the roots prefer to stay on the dry side, Avocado leaves love humidity. Indoor Avocados will do best if misted daily especially when you are running your heat during cooler months. You can also use a humidifier or fill your pot's saucer with rocks and add water; place your plant on the rocks ensuring the bottom of the pot is above the water line.

Fertilization: Commence feeding young trees after one year of growth by using a balanced fertilizer four times yearly. Older trees benefit from feeding with nitrogenous fertilizer applied in late winter and early summer. Yellowed leaves indicate iron deficiency. This can usually be corrected by spraying trace elements containing iron. Mature trees may also show a zinc deficiency.

Hardiness: If you are in a colder zone, and plant your Avocado in a container... or in a warmer zone planting it in the ground, make sure to cover (with burlap) during the first few years to prevent any browning over the winter.

Weed Control: Mulching will help prevent other weeds from growing nearby, though the cold hardy avocado tree rarely has this problem.

SUDDEN LEAF DROPPING:Unusual temperature changes cause plants to drop leaves. Late or early frosts typically cause this, as does something as subtle as moving potted fruit trees inside or out. Sometimes plants drop leaves to rid themselves of leaf parasites. Leaf drop is natural and the plant will typically replace its foliage during its natural growing season.

Pests: Deer and Small Animals: Deer can be a particular nuisance to your avocado tree, particularly when it has new growth as they like to nibble on the tree’s tender shoots. If this happens it can stunt the growth of the tree and also make it vulnerable to sunburn; before long your tree is ruined.

Pruning: Cold hardy avocado  need  little to no training. These days,  staking  is avoided as it can cause strain on the tree. Fencing the tree with plastic mesh for the first two or three years will produce the desired result. You may wish to trim the tree’s skirts to deter small critters, but other than that, this tree is never pruned.

If you do have wild deer in your area you can protect your tree by wrapping the bark with trunk wraps. This may also help keep smaller critters like opossums, rabbits and squirrels from attacking your tree. Another alternative for keeping deer away is to put deer-deterring plants around your trees. Some of the most effective include Black-eyed Susan, Butterfly weed, Foxglove beardtongue, Nodding Onion, Stiff goldenrod, and Lance-leaved Coreopsis.


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I felt the site was very informative and priced well. I read other reviews from people that were very pleased. I hope to be also. Thanks for all f your help!!!
sally k on Dec 6, 2016
Unique gift
Jeanine M on Dec 5, 2016
I felt the site was very informative and priced well. I read other reviews from people that were very pleased. I hope to be also. Thanks for all f your help!!!
sally k on Dec 6, 2016
I needed another plant to pollinate the Hass Avocado Tree.
Natasha S on Dec 6, 2016
Unique gift
Jeanine M on Dec 5, 2016
Healthy nutritional content, easy growing, can take with when I move.
Donna D on Dec 4, 2016
I live in zone 9 and lost one avocado tree due to the frost. I love the fruit and am trying this one because it is allegedly cold hardy down to 18 degrees and produces a lot of fruit without a pollinator. I plan o grow this one in a pot for a while. I also have a seedling in my front yard. If I need a pollinator I will use that one.
Ian W t on Nov 30, 2016
I live in south central Washington, in the desert area. We get plenty of hot, sunny days, but we also get freezing temps in the winter. I am looking forward to planting in a half barrel to be able to bring inside during the coldest time of the year, and to compliment my garden the rest of the year!
Angela G on Nov 29, 2016
It grows hardy in California and doesn't require an additional pollinator
Destination J L on Nov 28, 2016
Fruit
Windy S on Nov 28, 2016
As a gift for a sister who is nuts about avocados.
Tabatha A on Nov 27, 2016
for cross pollination and increased production
Nelson V on Nov 21, 2016
Prices of avocados are increasing in stores. Have fun growing your own fruit and save from having to buy from the store.
Jeremy H on Nov 16, 2016
Fresh fruit and vegetables are the best.
Robert E on Nov 5, 2016
to go with my hass avocado tree
R H on Nov 4, 2016
Have a friend with a large green house and she said for halves, she could plant the 2 trees in the green house and we will have fresh from the tree avocados, instead of store ripened. Also I hear Mexico avocados are going higher priced because labor is wanting more money. Seemed like a good time to try growing our own.
Wilber H on Nov 3, 2016
As I stated above, I like to see things produce!! (I grew up on an Apple Ranch!!)
Ken M on Nov 2, 2016
well---got "hooked on" avocadoes while living in Fl. and would really like a tree here in the North. Seems like a good way to have my own tree once again!
Rochelle C on Nov 1, 2016
wants lots of fruit so I am crossing
Karon F on Nov 1, 2016
Perfect gift for someone who would like to grow avocados successfully.
Efrain and Rosemarie C on Oct 30, 2016
Avacado crop failure and I already have one growing in my greenhouse and it needs a friend.
Maryann A on Oct 26, 2016
I would love to grow my own avos.
jan s on Oct 20, 2016
when I bought my apple tree the add for the cold hardy avocado came with it. I love avocados so I thought why not.
Marcia S on Oct 20, 2016
Love Avocados
I wanted a plant that would produce avocados soon.
Carl V on Oct 19, 2016
helps with health and production
mel t on Oct 13, 2016
great gift for someone who has everything
Kevin F on Oct 13, 2016
I love avocados and their health benefits
Paul N on Oct 11, 2016
Love avocado
charlie r on Oct 8, 2016
i live in oregon
Stuart K on Oct 7, 2016
love avocados
Alejandra V on Oct 4, 2016
I never knew there was a cold hardy frost proof avocado tree, I've always wanted to try growing my own, fresh pick off the tree, so looking forward to enjoying guacamole for years.
cathy g on Oct 1, 2016
Fascination with avocado trees
N. L on Sep 28, 2016
Housewarming gift
Patricia T on Sep 28, 2016
Growing my own food at home is so much safer, more satisfying, and economical that I just had to give growing these a try.
Shari L on Sep 25, 2016
Want to grow an avocado tree! 4 yr anniversary gift for my husband.
Stacie R on Sep 25, 2016
Love avocados and wanted to grow my own organic ones.
Deborah G on Sep 21, 2016
Zone 7-8 here and wife and kids love avocados. Purchased this Haas tree as it was recommended as a pollinator for the Haas version.
Kevin C on Sep 19, 2016
I am hoping that I can cross pollinate with the Hass Avocado & obtain a higher yield.
Monica R on Sep 19, 2016
To cross pollinate my home grown haas trees.
Jenaro M on Sep 18, 2016
I love Avacados
Denise D on Sep 17, 2016
Coworker shared with me their avocado, and I will never go back to the bland store bought ones again.
Ahmad A on Sep 16, 2016
I eat a lot of avocados and they are expenseive - this way I will have my own - god bless them
kate c on Sep 15, 2016
Fertilizer for Hass. Cold hardy. Unsure of taste.
Matthew E on Sep 13, 2016
I love Avocados and the health benefits they provide ...I buy avocados all the time and am hopping to have many years of unlimited fruit
William W on Sep 12, 2016
Love fresh avocados
william c on Sep 11, 2016
I Love Love Love Avacados!!!! I can eat them all day long... Yum!!
linn j on Sep 10, 2016
We live in cold upstate NY, and already have a lemon and orange tree. They both produce plenty of fruit. My wife and I thought the Avocado would make a nice addition. Steve Jackson
Steve J on Sep 10, 2016
Cold hardy and can be container grown while continuing to bear fruit.
Chris J on Sep 8, 2016
Choose as a gift for mom
Ofelia L on Sep 7, 2016
We are looking forward to having Avocados
Carol W on Sep 7, 2016
I love avocado but alas my tree only lasted a few months.
Mary P on Sep 7, 2016
love to eat
Douglas H on Sep 6, 2016
I needed another plant to pollinate the Hass Avocado Tree.
Natasha S on Dec 6, 2016
Healthy nutritional content, easy growing, can take with when I move.
Donna D on Dec 4, 2016
How long will it be before the tree/s produce fruit?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Our larger size trees (4-5 ft and 5-6 feet) are blooming and fruiting size, and will often come with fruit already growing; it will take a few months for any new avocado to acclimate to its new home, but you should have new blooms within the first year or so and fruit the year after, since it can take 6 to 9 months for the fruit to mature. Smaller trees will take longer to get big enough to bloom and fruit, but you should have the first blooming from them 2-3 years after planting and fruit growing shortly afterward. Of course, the first harvests are quite small, but as the tree matures, they can give you substantial numbers of Avocados. We sell grafted trees that will produce delicious, high-quality fruit in just a couple of years, not seedlings that take 7-10 years to even think of blooming and fruiting, and yield poor quality fruit, if they even produce any.
What is the name of this avocado tree?
happistar on Aug 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Cold Hardy Avocado is a variety of Persea american; we offer either Bacon or Brogden, depending on availability. Both are superior, cold hardy cultivars that produce fruit that is rich and nutty in flavor.
What type of fertilizer is used when growing avocados?
Alfred T on Jan 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can use a good balanced fertilizer, like 10-10-10- or 20-20-20, or a fertilizer formulated specifically for avocado trees (usually a very similar composition to fertilizer for citrus trees). Use 4 times a year. Once your tree is older, give it a nitrogenous fertilizer once a year in late winter; it will probably also need some iron (yellowed leaves) and zinc, though not on a frequent basis.
Where do these trees come from?
Cindyb on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The avocado trees are grown in Florida and shipped out of South Carolina.
Is this self polinating? (does it need a mate?) Will it set fruit/pollinate indoors?
Andrew D on Sep 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Avocado trees are self-fertile, so you don't have to have another Avocado around for it to bear fruit. If it blooms indoors, you might want to shake it a bit to spread the pollen, since you will have no bees or wind to do it for you. However, as with all fruit trees they will each produce more with two trees, but you will need to use a different type of tree for your avocado yield to increase. Two of the same type likely won't increase production much. You want an A type and a B type tree to produce the most fruit. Two "A" type trees will open male and female at the same time. A B type tree opens the opposite the A type so you'll have it open male when the A type is open female. Our Cold Hardy Avocado is a type B. You could use a type A if you are really interested in increasing your harvest: the Hass avocado is a type A, which you can find on our web site.
What type of potting soil would I use for planting the avocados tree in pot?
Mary B on Feb 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You need a potting soil mix that drains sharply, like one for Cactus. Do not use one heavy in peat, as it is intended to hold moisture at the plant's roots, which is not what an Avocado needs.
should I prune my avocado tree? Thanks Emily
Emily B on Jan 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You don't have to prune your avocado, but you might want to. Whether you are growing in a pot or in the ground, some formative pruning in the first 2-3 years is helpful to encourage the tree to be more bushy and to grow out, not up. This makes harvesting and caring for your tree a lot easier. As the tree matures, you might want to prune 1-2 large branches at the top each year to help control height; do not remove the lower tree branches, where a lot of the fruit is borne.
Just received my 3-4' avocado tree today. I am planning on keeping it indoors for the winter. Would you please tell me what type/size growing bulb you recommend for my Cold Hardy Avocado?
Rita W on Jan 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Of course, nothing beats sunlight for growing plants. However, many people don't have a bright enough spot in the house for the winter, so you can supplement with daylight or standard cool white tubes to add light to you plants, the stronger the better. 48-inch 32 watts 6500 CFL bulbs, 11-14 hours a day is recommended. Growing under fluorescent lights alone will give you a straggly plant; you will need sunlight or metal halide lights in addition. Don't let the lights get too close to the plants, as they can heat them up too much, and you will need to cut the lights off for part of the 24 hours to give the plants some night. Avocados like cooler temperatures at night, around 60 degrees F. in order to bloom. You can also buy plant lights that are made specifically for growing plants, and the manufacturer takes the guesswork out of it for you.
Is the Cold Hardy Avocado grafted?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Of course these avocado's are grafted. Avocado's do not grow true and grafting is the only way for them to guarantee that each of these trees are identical to the parent tree. Also trees that are not grafted [seedling trees] can take 10 years before they produce any fruit and there is only a one in ten chance the fruit will be worth harvesting. In the spring of 2013 I planted one of these baby avocado's and it survived a record low last winter [19F]. It was severely damaged but it survived and is putting out new growth. I lost my Pinkerton, Hass and Bacon avocado's and several new citrus in the record low, but this avocado survived.
1) Will this plant reasonably thrive in s. Eastern Virginia and 2) Appearance aside, is the taste & texture still similar/pleasant enough to make good guac with? Is it more buttery/oily like a HASS or more like the "watery" Florida types? In short, in terms of taste, is this tree going to produce something familiar or something I wouldn't normally think of as a normal advocado?
Jonathan R on May 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Cold Hardy Avocado will need to be planted in a container and brought indoors for the winter in Virginia - it is not cold hardy past zone 9a. Many people in areas with cold winter temperatures have been able to enjoy having fresh avocados this way. The flavor is rich and nutty - the classic avocado taste.
Do you give a guarantee on your trees?
Carol A on Jun 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We have a standard 45 day guarantee... beyond that there is a 1-Year extended warranty available for purchase.
I live in zone 8, my question is, can I grow a avacado tree and will it produce fruit?
Danny H on Jul 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Danny It can be grown in zone 8 as a patio plant, but not in the ground. We sell grafted varieties that will produce fruit 2-3 years for planting, so it depends on what size tree you buy. If you buy the larger sizes (4-5 feet or sometimes a 5-6 foot size is available), you can even have some fruit on the tree when you receive it. Smaller sizes might need a year or two to get established before blooming, and then having fruit the following year.
Will they grow in a temp above 100 degrees?
Joe L on Apr 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they a very heat tolerant.
How will this grow in a greenhouse?
Liza F on Jun 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If you live in a zone that is above 9b, and have to grow your Avocado in a container, it would be ideal to have it in a greenhouse for the winter (lots of bright sun as well as protection from cold temperatures) and move it outside for the summer, when a greenhouse can get really hot. I am assuming your greenhouse has heat to keep it above freezing at night.
My 3-4ft avocado tree had a lot of flowers, but after about 3-4 weeks, I saw only about 12 little avocados. After 4-5 weeks, there isn't one avocado left on the tree. Why is this happening??
Henry L on Jun 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Avocado trees naturally experience a fairly large degree of fruit drop; in fact, often less than 1% of an avocado tree's flowers will end up growing into mature fruit. To encourage the fruit to develop, you can make sure the roots have as little stress as possible; apply a 3 inch mulch (leave 3 inches all around the trunk clear) and don't remove the dropped leaves or rake or hoe under the tree while it is blooming and fruitiing, so as to not disturb the shallow roots. Water your tree deeply whenever rainfall is inadequate, but monitor the ground's dampness and don't water if it is moist - both under watering and over watering can cause fruit to drop. Prune off any overly vigorous vegetative growth with no flowers or fruits on them. And do not fertilize with nitrogen while it is flowering and fruiting, as nitrogen will stimulate vegetative growth that competes with the fruit for the plant's resources. Another possibililty is that you have insect damage - avocado thrips or mites both will cause fruit drop; thrips will need to be treated with an insecticidal oil. If you simply have mites, a hard spray of water will help control them by knocking them off the tree.
How big and wide will this grafted avocado tree get when fully grown?
A shopper on Sep 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Grown outdoors, the Cold Hardy Avocado can grow into a nice-sized tree 20-30 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide, though it can be kept pruned smaller for easier harvesting and maintenance. Grown in a pot, it will be naturally much smaller, and can be kept to 6-8 or so feet tall and 5-6 feet wide with a little pruning.
How long do avocado trees live ?
A shopper on Sep 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Avocado trees can live up to 70 years depending on the climate and environment they are in.
Who has gotten avacados from this tree?
Kimmie on Feb 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I had one Great avocado after having over 100 buds fall off. I'm hoping my second year will yield many more. I'm not worried as both of my trees look great.
Are the leaves deciduous?
Mary N on Jul 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Some of the leaves may be 2-3 years old before they drop. So they do not drop every year but is also dependent upon the temperature and the place that it is in during the winter. When the leaves do drop they make excellent mulch for the tree. I hope this answers your question-SARGE
Are these leaves poisonous if my indoor cats eat them? I am trying to figure out where I will keep the potted tree when I bring it inside in the fall.
Misty M on Jun 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No they are not. I place my potted avocado tree by a sunny window.
I'm planning on keeping my plant in a pot, Nebraska winters make it necessary. When it is full grown what size pot will work best?
Liza W on Apr 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend getting the biggest pot possible. I just put my plant in a half-barrel and this will allow for a bigger root structure, bigger plant, more flowers, and thus more fruit. I just got my first avocado this year, but I wish I had planted it in a half-barrel about a year earlier. It will be heavy, but maybe you can put it on rollers to transport it in and out. Good luck!!!
Does the hardy avocado tree need a lot of sun?
Richard D on Jun 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, all avocados like a lot of sun. If you grow it in a container, you will need to bring it outdoors each summer so it can have maximum sunlight and heat. In the winter, you will need to give it 6-8 hours of direct sun in a window, and if you don't have that, you will need to supplement with artificial light.
Will a Haas Avocado cross polinate with a Cold Hardy Avocado Tree?
Suzi C on Mar 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, having both the A type Hass and the B type Cold Hardy Avocado, you can increase your crop significantly.
can this tree be hand pollinated and what would be the best technique?
Kurt B on Jun 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can hand pollinate it and a small artists paint brush should work fine. Just swirl the bristles around inside each flower, once in the morning and once again in the afternoon and hit each flower twice. Here in California even indoors they seem to set fruit readily with out any hand pollination. Just don't over fertilize with nitrogen or you will get growth and no fruit set no matter how much you hand pollinate. Use fertilizer made for avocado's.
does the avocado gro well in zone 9?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Well there is zone 9 and there is zone 9. It isn't just how cold it gets but how long it stays cold. I live in zone 9b which mean we always have lows down to 27-28F every winter, and about once every ten years down in to the low 20's and every 25-100 years lows in the teens. I planted a new Brogdon avocado last autumn 2013 and we had record cold of 19F and while the top was damaged the graft was not and it leafed out and has recovered and is thriving. If you live in zone 9a you probably will never have a problem outside. Here in California zone 9b I spray with cloud cover through out the winter and I am prepared for that 100 year low. I have 100 foot heating cables ready to wrap around the base and graft and up through the branches and I have plenty of movers blankets to throw over the plants. If I know it is going to get below 20F I prune the tree down to about 8 feet tall, warp it with the heat cable, spray it with cloud cover and then throw multiple blankets over it. Better to start out with a small tree then lose most of it to freezing weather. And like I said this doesn't happen very often.
How salt tolerant is the Cold Hardy Avocado?
FRED G on Aug 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Mexican type of Avocados (which we sell) are not salt tolerant. Avoid using fertilizers with high salt content, such as manure, and fertilize no more than 4 times a year and you can use composted organic matter to help enrich the soil. Frequent, deep watering will help leach out salt, but this must be done with care, as Avocados don't like to be saturated any more than they like salt. You must be sure you have good drainage! If you live in an area with high salinity levels, you can also grow your tree in a pot with fast-draining citrus or cactus potting mix, and water with distilled water.
what variety is the cold hardy type be avocado you sell?
Aryn A on Sep 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Our Cold Hardy Avocado is the Mexicola Grande.
what does the acacado planting kit consist of.??
sally b on Jul 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 12in x 12in container - Perfect size for any beginning avocado tree. Made in the USA

DIEHARD Transplant - Provides the optimal nutrition to start your avocado tree off the right way

3 bags of Avocado Planting Mix - This mix is specially formulated to give your avocado tree maximum resultsEnter an answer to this question.
What time of year are the avocados ripe?
Carla D on May 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a Bacon derived tree, which is normally ready to pick from November through March. Note that an Avocado will not ripen on the tree so you won't be able to pick it and eat it. It has to be picked and then sit for about 1-2 weeks before it will be ripe and ready to eat. When you think they look ready, pick one and let it sit for 2 weeks. If it kind of shrivels up, they're not ready. If it softens, then they're ready. You can leave them on the tree for a quite a while.
Is the cold hardy avocado trees sold in this advertisement type A or type B blooming trees?
Sarge on Apr 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Cold Hardy Avocado is a type B Avocado. The Hass Avocado is a type A. Type A blooms open in the morning as a female receptive to pollen, and then shed pollen as a male the following afternoon. Type B cultivars are receptive to pollen in the afternoon and shed pollen the next morning.

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