• Cold Hardy Avocado for Sale

    Cold Hardy Avocado for Sale

    Cold Hardy Avocado for Sale

    Cold Hardy Avocado for Sale


Cold Hardy Avocado

Reg: $99.90
Save: $49.95  (50%)
Ships April 5th, 2016

1. Height

Choose Height
  • 6-7 ft.
  • 5-6 ft.
  • 4-5 ft.
  • 3-4 ft.
  • 1-2 ft.
  • Great Size for Gifts

2. Quantity

3. Extras

-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
-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. DIEHARD Transplant - 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 DIEHARD Transplant Patio Planting Mix
-t- Starter Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ 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.

1 packet per plant

DIEHARD Transplant

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.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Persea americana

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Grows in all 50 States

Able to withstand frigid temperatures as low as 20 degrees, from Green Bay to Tampa Bay, 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 it's self. 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.

Customer Reviews

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Growth Rate
I bought my avocado tree about a year ago. It shipped in a hard cardboard box and was expertly positioned and protected. I removed the tree from the box and planted it in a pot, following the online directions to every point. I put the tree in a protected courtyard to acclimate, with clear poly carbonate roofing over the courtyard. The avocado tree did well until I moved it into a sunny area with full sun in the fall. The leaves which were 4x3 inches immediately burned on their edges and the emerging trunk buds dried up also. I tried a more protected area but the leaves on this 4 year old, 8 foot tree continued to burn in the sun. Now it was time to move it into a window garden area of the garage. Temperatures never get lower than 40 degrees there and there is an auto heater , as well as a small heating pad set on low under the pot. The tree overwintered well but lost almost all of its leaves. This last spring I acclimated it for one month of days in sunshine and nights in the garden window area. New growth was excellent and new limbs and leaves were in abundance. As we had a warm spring, there was no undue shocks due to weather and the tree was protected between the garage and house. Eventually in June I moved the tree into full sun and the leaves, branches and buds immediately started to burn. I changed locations with less sun and still got blackened new leaves and burnt branches. Finally read on the internet that this Mexicola avocado should be put under the leaf canopy of other trees to get dappled sun until branches and leaves thrive. That is where the tree has been for the last two months. Some new growth but very little. My summation: this tree should not be planted anywhere above 4000' elevation, as the air space is too rarefied. This tree does not do well with any wind except a light breeze. The leaves tear easily with wind at 15 mph. I am hoping with such small and few leaves that this tree will make it thru the winter inside the garage but in reality, there was no leaves capable of sustaining the extensive root system that came with the tree. I am prepared for it to die and for the realization that I lost over a hundred bucks
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
Growth Rate
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
1 year ago
So far, so good! I live in the midwest (in zone 6). I planted my tree in a pot and kept it inside for the spring; it stayed alive but didn't grow much. When summer came I set it outside on our shaded porch where it thrived and grew many new leaves and grew several inches taller. Hopefully it survives the winter well inside. My only complaint is that I did not receive the ""important avocado tree planting tips"" until weeks after I received the tree. So when I initially potted it, I used soil that wasn't ideal, so then I had to re-pot it with different soil. It would have been helpful if these instructions came with the tree, or in an email after you place the order.
December 31, 2012
over 2 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.
December 31, 2012
over 4 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. =
December 31, 2012
over 3 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
December 31, 2012
Growth Rate
I think its going to produce avocados
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, US
Growing Zone:
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
December 31, 2012
over 3 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!
December 31, 2012
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?
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago

Planting & Care

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

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 love avocados!
Nathan A on Feb 6, 2016
I hope to get avocado's at home.
Carla B on Feb 4, 2016
I love avocados!
Nathan A on Feb 6, 2016
To with my seedling avocado - it's starting to bloom!
Betty F on Feb 5, 2016
I hope to get avocado's at home.
Carla B on Feb 4, 2016
we like avocados
Eric A on Feb 1, 2016
We've wanted to try avocado trees in the past and research brought me to this web site. The Cold Hardy Avocado seems to fit the bill for my area, hot summers and winters to the high teens. We will plant the tree in a container and enjoy it on our patio.
James D on Jan 31, 2016
I love avocados! I purchased smaller ones from you last year that are doing beautifully in half whiskey barrels, they held up well during the heat and cold. I'm ready to stick some larger ones in the ground, hopefully they will be producing sooner.
Pierrette P on Jan 28, 2016
Purchased it following the Fast-Growing -Trees advice to have the Hass avocado tree to grow better.
Elena on Jan 24, 2016
I just built a 16ft by 16ft 8ft high greenhouse.thought this would perfect to try.made it through the winter fine.looking forward to summer.
jon d on Jan 23, 2016
Very healthy plants and larger than most nursery offerings
F. Russ H on Jan 21, 2016
Love the idea that I can grow avocados on my deck. This tree is doing very well!
Amanda T on Jan 19, 2016
Tired of getting bad Avocados at the supermarket. Beside that, they are good for you.
Jon E on Jan 13, 2016
I love avocados and just adding to my existing collection.
Patricia D on Jan 13, 2016
I live in Southern California, wanted an avocado tree, and felt the cold hardy would do the best in my neighborhood.
Andrew R on Jan 12, 2016
I love, love, love Avocados!!!
Rhonda D on Jan 5, 2016
I use the fruit every day.
Dee D on Jan 4, 2016
Its great that I can have a pair of cold hardy trees to compliment my Hass avocado tree. I love the one year guarantee in case something happens! {The free shipping promo just sweetened the deal}
David N on Jan 3, 2016
great price and wonderful variety of trees and plants on the website i will order more later.
joshua s on Jan 1, 2016
Recommendation from friend
Philip R on Dec 31, 2015
I love avocadoes.
NONA F on Dec 29, 2015
Saw a neighbors with lots of avocados! Wanted to have our own as they are expensive!
CATHY v on Dec 29, 2015
Cold Hardy (for NY), on sale, and several years old. Also, pleased with my fig and lemon tree previously purchased here
Michael T on Dec 29, 2015
Jessica J on Dec 28, 2015
it was recomended ,if you want a lot of avocado.
christine b on Dec 24, 2015
like avocado and can't find locally
M A on Dec 22, 2015
I love avocados
Jennifer B on Dec 21, 2015
Your ad
Kathy G on Dec 20, 2015
Hope I get some homegrown avos
Judith R on Dec 19, 2015
I want avocados
David M on Dec 17, 2015
because it was large fruiting size, hopefully it will come with fruits already growing on it.
Tolga K on Dec 14, 2015
Looked like a good choice, and these avocados are good.
Scott S on Dec 11, 2015
We love avocados and already have fruit trees, so we decided to try growing avocados!
Connie P on Dec 11, 2015
We love avocados and we live in an area that gets light winter freezes. My first venture with Pam's but from reviews and history I feel confident the product will produce as advertised.
Stephen Z on Dec 7, 2015
My boyfriend eats a lot of avocados and has always wanted a tree but did not want to wait 7 years to produce fruit so we wanted one that was ready now! Cant wait to see it!
AnnMarie B on Dec 7, 2015
My wife is an avocado addict and wanted two trees for Christmas. Since we live in zone 7 cold hardiness was a big concern. The cold hardy avocado seemed like a good choice.
Ronald B on Dec 5, 2015
It is cold hardy for our area, and my family is from the tropics. We hope to enjoy our own tropical fruits.
Norma H on Dec 5, 2015
My girlfriend loves avocados and this seemed like a more reliable way to actually produce avocados in a shorter amount of time than trying to grow my own seed for her. Plus considering they use a tree that has already been proven to produce fruit, I felt like this was a winner.
Kevin S on Dec 2, 2015
Great plant and is thriving.
Jerry H on Dec 1, 2015
To promote pollination.
Andrew S on Nov 30, 2015
Looks good. I already got one from you guys and it was good, and now I want two :)
Sara S on Nov 28, 2015
Love avocados. Love plants. Hate to pay the price at the grocery store. New hobby.
Melissa W on Nov 25, 2015
We LOVE avocados and eat them every day. We do not want to wait a lot of years for it to start producing the fruit. I feel very comfortable buying from here because of the information they have given us.
Josep D on Nov 23, 2015
Because it is a grafted tree, avocado will be produced within a year.
WALLACE C on Nov 22, 2015
Avocados are delish and It is fresh food with NO GMO's!!
Allison L on Nov 19, 2015
Great Customer Service...Free Shipping option
Joshua M on Nov 13, 2015
As a Christmas gift
Renee W on Nov 7, 2015
I didn't know that we could get avocado plants for northern climates nor that they could be grown indoors. We love avos but the prices for them in the stores are pretty high, sure hoping we can make these guys work here!!
Margery W on Nov 6, 2015
to see if I could grow and get fruit
thomas c on Nov 6, 2015
We love avocado's and wanted to try to grow them but we were worried we would kill them. After reading the reviews and purchasing the warranty it made us more confident to make the purchase and try.
Justin G on Nov 3, 2015
Hoping to grow & eat my own avocados!
Vicky G on Oct 31, 2015
I love avocados and this company's trees/shrubs have not yet failed to impress
janet h on Oct 27, 2015
To with my seedling avocado - it's starting to bloom!
Betty F on Feb 5, 2016
we like avocados
Eric A on Feb 1, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Do you give a guarantee on your trees?
Carol A on Jun 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The site has a limited time to receive credit or another tree. My first avocado arrived looking pretty bad and I called and reported to the help desk, they asked me to wait a week and see if it would recover. we waited...it did not recover/ i sent a picture showing the poor little tree and they sent me another one that arrived looking great and has been growing ever since. I have 3 of these trees now.
Will they grow in a temp above 100 degrees?
Joe L on Apr 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they a very heat tolerant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Where are you located and where is the tree shipping from?
Marco G on Nov 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: We're located in and ship our trees from South Carolina.
How soon will I get avocados if I live in the panhandle of Florida. Also, what time of year are they ready to be picked? Also near the beach, so soil is all sand. Do I need to grow in a pot?
Carla D on Sep 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Depending on the size of the tree you get you should have fruit within the first year or two. The larger the tree, the faster it will start producing fruit. However, most trees need a year to get transitioned into their new environments before they produce fruit. Sandy soil is fine for avocado trees, but they're sensitive to high levels of salt. You may want t grow your tree in a pot and give it distilled water.
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.
what does the acacado planting kit consist of.??
sally b on Jul 31, 2015

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