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Cold Hardy Avocado

Cold Hardy Avocado Ripe Avocados on Tree

Cold Hardy Avocado Unripened Avocados

Cold Hardy Avocado

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These plants are so convenient! They look great on patios, and you just bring them in your home during the winter. You get a lifetime supply of healthy avocados that you can use for guacamole, salads, or just as a snack!

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Cold Hardy Avocado

Cold Hardy Delicious Avocados Without the Wait


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back and to produce fruit.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you results the first full season.

3-4 ft.

Ships Tomorrow
Thu, Jul 24
List: $129.95
Sale: $87.07
6 at $82.72 ea.

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back and to produce fruit.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you results the first full season.

1-2 ft.
Sep 8th, 2014
List: $69.95
Sale: $46.87
6 at $44.53 ea.
Planting Mix for Avocado Trees
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:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and 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.

Soil Contents
Sale: $9.35
Avocado Planting Kit
Avocado Planting Kit

Our Avocado Kit allows you to easily pot up your avocado in a container with the soil and fertilizer yor avocado tree requires.

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

  2. Avocado Fertilizer - Provides the optimal nutrition to start your avocado tree off the right way

  3. 3 bags of Avocado Planting Mix - This mix is specially formulated to give your avocado tree maximum results.

Container Fert Tabs Citrus Mix
12in Container Avocado Fertilizer Avocado Planting Mix
Sale: $44.86
Cold Hardy Avocado
Fertilizer Tablets
Cold Hardy Avocado

Fertilizer Tablets

This patented formula is slow release and will provide the nutrients needed for the first year of your plants life. This fertilizer will not burn your roots and is easy to install. Simply space the tablets evenly around your plants roots when planting. Be sure to water thoroughly after.

Fertilizer Tablets
Sale: $4.66

Grows in all 50 States

Able to withstand frigid temperatures as low as 18 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.

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..

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

Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 5-8 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Fair
Botanical Name: Persea americana
Form When Arrives: sparse branching
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(blue area above)

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Why Buy from Fast Growing Trees?

Save Money

Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

Tree to Door

Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Cold Hardy Avocado can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
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$99+ 28%

It's Easy to Plant your Cold Hardy Avocado

Specific Directions for Cold Hardy Avocado

Place your Cold Hardy Avocado Tree in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. If your tree is potted or kept indoors place it by a window that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. Cold Hardy Avocado Trees will adapt to many different soil types, even if it's sandy or heavy in clay as long as it's well draining.

Don't over water your Cold Hardy Avocado Tree. Avocado Trees like it when their roots are dry. In between waterings take a handful of soil, if the soil is moist don't give your tree any water. If the soil is dry and crumbly, give your tree a deep watering. Mist the leaves with a spray bottle to create a humid environment for your tree.

After a year of growth fertilize your Cold Hardy Avocado Tree four times a year with a well balanced citrus fertilizer. Leaves often drop between blooming cycles. Your Avocados won't be ready to be picked until their skin fully turns a dark purple-black color. Once you harvest your Avocados they will take between five to seven days to ripen. When they're soft to the touch they're ready to be eaten.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Cold Hardy Avocado.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Cold Hardy Avocado gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Cold Hardy Avocado again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Most useful customer reviews:
By: misstrickey
Love the hardy avocado. It is growing wel, is beautiful, and I look forward to it blooming and bearing fruit. It arrived in superb condition as have all the trees I have ordered from Fast-Growing-Trees. I look forward to ordering more once we have moved to OK (Nov).

By: Michelene Westbrook
I can't wait to harvest my own avacados!

By: Jill Olsen
I wanted 2 small trees for my patio so when I saw I could have fresh avocados and the size tree I wanted.. yahoo! I put them in large pots on my patio and they are covered in new leaves. I kept them watered daily for the first month or so, then cut back to now 3 months later I water them weekly and they are doing great. So excited to see avocados next summer!?!

By: Alan Hanson
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?

By: Lé Harper
They forgot to tell one thing about this tree. It is beautiful. Like Japanese garden beautiful. Love it, Love it, Love it.

By: Robert Travale
I had some apprehensions about what the condition of the tree would be after shipping. When it arrived it was fine. I wasn't able to plant it for a couple weeks. After planting it took about a month to see any growth then it took off and is doing well.

By: linda benson
hello, I sent a review when I receiced the trees (meyer lemon, key lime and the avocado) but I do not see it wanted to update...all three are planted and I was going to post a picture, but I see you can't. they all seem to be doing good still waiting to see what happens to the avocado since it looked sick, with brown spots and almost all the leaves chewed and eaten. Could not find espoma products here in vegas even at nurseries, most people never heard of it. should have ordered from you. i talked to a nursery man who gave me a recommendation that he used for his citrus, it is call doctor q's filthy rich potting soil, dr q's gold dust starer fertilizer 5-10-5, and dr q's plant tonic for preventing shock, stress and encourages new growth. so we will see how it goes. I can't wait. I sure hope the avocado pulls thru. thank you hugs linda

By: Darrell Morrow
My cold hardy avacado is not heat hardy! The summer heat of southern nevada is killing it

By: Josiah
Cold hardy avocado is a beautiful plant. I planted one last year October. It died during the winter. FGT gave me a part refund I used in buying a new tree. I planted it late march and it seems to be doing well. Right now I cannot say how well it is going to do but will keep you posted.

By: Don K.
This is my first purchase from this site and I have to say, I am very impressed! The tree arrived very well protected in it's heavy duty box. The foliage is just fantastic, very few leaves came off. It was supposed to be a 5-7' tree but when it finally straightened out, it is over 12' tall! I will definitly be returning to this site to buy all my trees!!

By: Keren
I bought ought the Cold Hardy Avocado tree mid-summer, so was not expecting a flowering this year. But this morning I looked and I have flowers (in September). I will definitely have guacamole next year! I live in the DC area, and this cold hardy version is great!

By: Lydia Jenkins
I have the avocado plant in a pot. I had it in doors for about a month but it didn't look good so I brought it outside. It is doing much better. We have had draught and temperatures in the 100s for most of the summer and the plant is still doing great. I have new growth coming up from the bottom of the plant and it looks very healthy. Every plant or tree purchased from Fast-Growing-Trees this year has made it through this tough summer and look much better than anything else in the yard with the exception of the peach trees I planted.

By: Cheryl Graeve
My tree arrived very well packaged. Great care appears to be taken to ensure your plant arrives unharmed. For the most part the tree looked healthy except there was some spots on a number of leaves and some other stuff on the back of some of the leaves. I am unfamiliar with fruit tree diseases so I took pictures of the leaves the very next day and email a copy to Fast Growing Trees for some advice. I figured since the problem was there when the tree arrived that they should offer some assistance. To my dismay, I never even received a response to my email. The tree continues to have the issue but also continues to have new growth. I have treated the tree with a fruit tree spray that is suppose to treat disease and pests. The organic spray used initially didn't work so I went with something else. Hopefully it will work so that whatever it is doesn't kill the tree.

By: Susan
We loved this tree but it was inside during the wintr and died quickly. It appeared to have some bugs but that is not necessarily the nursery's fault. Sad!

By: Alan Jacobsen
I just got my Cold hardy Avocado and let's just say that I am very pleased. Way more than expected. I cant wait for my first tree ripened avocado. :o)

By: Debra Honzell
Just received our tree...just a bit disappointed. It looks healthy enough, but the top looks like it was broken off, I'm hoping it will continue to grow in height..I am under the impression wherever you top off a tree that's the height you get. We purchased ours under a free shipping offer and wish we would have been able to pay for the shipping, the tree is barely 5 feet tall. it leads one to believe that since they were paying the shipping, send the smallest one in order to pay the least shipping. I have already order two other trees, I'm a little apprehensive based on this purchase, wish a would have waited before ordering.

By: Charles Mancill
Very pleased with this Avocado tree . . . we may have some fruit on it this year.

By: Patti
Avocado tree arrived yesterday in NY and it was very well shipped and protected during transit. Took it out of the huge box and it was beautiful, even has an avocado growing on it about the size of a grape. Very green, soil was damp and it was potted, not bare-rooted. I am very impressed with this company and 7 foot tree exceeded my expectations, very green and healthy. I'm going to buy another !

By: Bill
I bought the tree in April. I read that the first two years are critical in regards to tolerating the heat, so I built a burlap covering for it to help protect it from the sun. It didn't grow much due to that, but I took the cover off a couple of weeks ago since it is now cooling down, and have since seen growth. I will wrap the base in a heavy wrapping of burlap for any freezes that come along. I live in the Greater New Orleans area and avocado trees are not common here, so I am determined to do what I can to make this succeed. I will let you know how it goes.

By: Tonya Hall
This is one of many trees I have gotten from Fast-Growing-Trees. This is the only place I will buy trees from. The trees are always the size that are promest. The trees and bushes all grow well and their care is easy. Don't let the price of other trees on-line stores lure you in, you will only get sickly twigs from those people.All of the 5 trees and 3 bushes are alive and well in my yard. LOVE THESE TREES.

By: John Salmons
The tree is growing well and is healthy in spite of extended drought and very hot temperatures.

By: Maureen
Its healthy looking, to date no flowers, or fruit, until then its2 star.

By: margaret
Avocado grow in NY in winter in door. may not get fruit but all you get nice house plant. did anyone get fruit in cold weather?

By: Elizabeth Smith
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.

By: Tim Sanders
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.

By: Jennifer Duffield
My avocado tree is beautiful and voluptuous. I am very pleased with it.

By: Jose Morales
I was excited when I first got this tree since it was fruit I missed most other than a mango,since moving from Puerto Rico and we regularly ate them. It' s been at least 6 months and the tree finally died. I planted it correctly as I do all my trees, and fetilized it with tree tone organic fertilizer. It looked good for about 3 months and even a few fruit began to show. Then as time passed it dropped the little fruit, and began to change color and leaves began falling. I thought it may be a fungus so I applied Immunox and it appeared to stabilized it, but then took a turn for the worst. I then as last attempt tried to save it. I transplanted into a pot with high quality soil but too late it had succumbed to what ever cause it to die. I was so disappointed. I am now reluctant to get another one. These trees are very delicate and susceptible to to anything that can kill it. Mine was a 7 footer.

By: Joan Vines
After looking promising it did not survive the winter and has not come back this spring or summer.

By: Chris Darrigo
The plant arrived, has been watered regularly, transferred to a larger pot, but so far hasn't changed much since its original shipping condition. I was hoping it would have grown a bit since its arrival, but so far, its holding steady.

I'll continue to water, feed it duing the winter months (as I move it indoors), with hopes of yeilding some fruit next season.

By: ernest rector
The 3 cold hardy avocado plants that I ordered did not survive the central Texas summer heat. These are suitable for hot house only.

By: Vanessa Johnson
Tree arrived in good condition. We still need to transplant it, but we are happy with it. It even has a baby avocado on it already! We are very excited to be able to grow an avocado in our climate!

By: Sherli Micik
After reading the reviews and someone from my area said that it survived outdoors, I purchased the cold hardy avocado. Even so, I strung Christmas lights on it and wrapped it up. We had the warmest winter on record. The tree died. I wrote you to get a refund. The response was that it was too late for a full refund. I have not pursued a partial refund. I cut it down to about 18". It is not sprouting shoots but I suspect it is below the graft and will die back this winter.

By: Ray Hall
The top of the tree was cut off for shipping. The tree does not look good. The tree has not grew any taller.

By: Sal Lemus
I recieved my tree in good shape late spring, put it in a planter then noticed that it had four small avocado, they did fall out, I think because of the transplanting. I do see new growth and leafs are very healthy, cant waite until next year! thanks to Pam at Fast Growing Trees

after a slow start and some help from you staff,our little tree is showing signs of life. we had to get the watering pattern down,but its growing new growth now.we'll have to see how long it takes for it to produce.

By: Darrell Korman
I live in zone 8 in Texas and bought this tree in the November of 2011 and planted it the day it arrived. The tree looked good and continued to grow. But in Febuary 2012 it frooze. In April 2012 it started growing from the roots and it is now 30 inches tall. I am waiting to see it it will make it through this winter or if it will freeze again.

By: kathleen sabo
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!!

By: cristi
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.

By: LarryR
Bought the tree last year, planted in a large pot but intend on replanting to the back yard soon. Has grown a foot taller and the limbs have new growth, this year looks to be the first harvest with many blooms on the branches and I can see the avocados growing. I am pleased with the plant.

By: Rick Wheeler
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 luck

By: Carrie Whitman
Just got my tree yesterday and I was so excited! It was well packaged and the soil was still a little damp even. The leaves do seem to be rather brittle but I think that's from the shock of being in a box and shipped for 5 days. I'm keeping it in a fairly sunny window inside my house for a couple of days before I pot it so that hopefully it can recover from some of the shock before being shocked again by the transplant. I can't wait for avocados, really hoping it does well!

By: Leona Streva
This was the first tree we ordered from Fast Growing Trees - we are thrilled. There were only 2 leaves broken off in the box, it was packed beautifully. I'm really looking forward what is to come in the Spring.

By: rudy moreno
i have i cuestion about a 10 years avocado tree form seed grown 12 ft h/5w. the tree has like lite white bark very thine lite leafs some year it flowes like 10 to 20 flowers and it drops the in aroud 2 months later please help me

By: Bethany
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.

By: Eric Marks
Great idea, but I wouldn't try it again. My tree lasted maybe 2 months.

By: Ernesto Sanchez
Planted last year, started putting out leaves early part of this year, but all of a sudden dried up.

By: Laura
I've had this tree for about a year now and it is doing well. I kept it inside for the winter and it's been on my patio since spring. No avocados yet, but it is healthy and growing.

By: Anita C Kuchera
I received my plant June 24th, 2013 and it was received in perfect condition. I should have read some of the previous reviews regarding that it needs shade as all my leaves turned brown along with the blooms everything dropped off. I had given it limited sun but still the leaves turned brown along with the very top of the tree. When I discovered the errors of my ways, I put a round tomato cage around the tree and then covered it with a shade cloth. That seemed to do the trick as now the tree has all kinds of new leaves, today being July 30, 2013. I am Sheridan, WY so my altitude is at 3743 feet. The next questions is whether it will produce any fruit as I haven't seen any reviews so far on whether anyone actually got avocados. Here is hoping and if I do, I will try to update to give others hope....

By: Mary Lynn
I have bought 2 Avocado trees from Fast Growing Trees and they are both doing wonderful. I have them out on my front porch out here in Eastern Ohio. I am getting ready to buy my last avocado tree from here. All of the trees that I have bought from here are doing great and I have bought about 7 trees total.

By: Barbara
I love my cold hardy avocado tree. I bought it last fall and it's growing well. We have 2 questions: Is it self pollinating? When will we see flowers?

By: Michael Crane
We got our 5' avocados late last winter. They arrived with mold in the soil and a poor root system. They lost 95% of their leaves with in the first week.

We transplanted them into 10 gallon pots with a coconut fiber, peat, garden soil mixture and added some organic bone meal. Three months later the leaves were re-established and they began growing.

We have had them for 15 months now, spending 7 months inside for the winter. They are full of new growth and healthy and 9' tall. We fertilized them with a good organic bone meal last fall and this spring

Now we are just waiting for some avocados.

By: Dwight Henry
Received product in great shape and immediately out the box it kept on sprouting its leaves and growing. I live in zone 8 so I planted it in a container getting it ready for the winter. Would have given it a 5, but I don't know if it will yield.

By: James
I received my "1-2ft" cold hardy avocado today after ordering 6 days ago. My first impression was that it was well packed and when I removed it from the box I was surprised to see it was much taller than expected (40 inches tall above the graft! And has a tag stating it's in the 2-3 ft category, vice 1-2ft.) While a few leaves have charred ends and some are broken and chewed, the plant looks to be in overall good health. I am potting it today and look forward to a good experience with this little tree!

By: Mark Francisco
2 day shipping and the tree looks great.can't wait to get it in the ground.

By: Gayla Chapman
I recieved my Avocado tree today and it is much more than I thought it would be. Excellent condition, lots of buds and even little avocados. I am soo excited.

By: Alan Jacobsen
I couldn't be more pleased with my tree. From the moment ir arived, MUCH larger than I expeted. I've been braging about it to everyone. It is still gowing strong and healthy. I look forward to it fruiting soon. Thanks so much for a wonderful product.

By: jamie killingsworth
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. =(

By: Amanda
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!

By: Harold Reich
Love the tree. It grew about 10 inches over the summer. It seems to be doing well indoors too. I can't wait to see how much it grows next summer.

By: bob
I have 2 avocado trees and they are both doing great. I didnt get any fruit yet, but I only had them a year.I would buy them again.

By: crystal
I am writing this in response to the other reviewer that said none of the reviews helped her. I want to say that I am in SC and in zone 8a where everyone says it is impossible to grow avocados; however, there was a write up in the paper about a very rare 10 year old tree in our city that produces fruit and was actually planted as a seed which is even more rare that it would actually fruit. So, it can be done. I got a tree from fast growing trees and it was kind of disapointing and small for the large one I paid for. I did get another one that really impressed, it was large and healthy so I am looking forward to avocados. I am going to baby it, I put two 55 gallon drums of water to warm it and will be keeping a light on it in winter to be sure it makes it through the first few years where they are delicate. Planted it by the pool and concrete so that acts as a heat sink also. Just gotta put some thought into where to plant these things in cold areas. It is good to plant SE and also behind a house if possible to protect from the wind. Location, location!

By: John Hambleton
I planted mine in March. So far hasn't grown much at all and only tried to produce one fruit which died well before it got to any size. Very disappointed so far in North Texas.

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How long will it be before the tree/s produce fruit?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2014
Best Answer: I have had my tree since July 2012 still no fruit.
Reply · Michael S on Jun 11, 2014
How do you know if you are planting the avocado seed correctly?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2014
Best Answer: The seed goes with the pointy side up. You can also start the seed ahead of time by inserting
3 toothpicks at each of the sides of the seed and placing the large side facing the bottom of
a glass filled with water. It also makes a lovely hanging plant if you choose.
Reply · Maria B on Jun 20, 2014
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What species avocado is this cold hardy fruit?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer: These are a mix between the Bacon and Brogden Avocado varieties. Both are superior cold hardy cultivars.
Reply · Justin FStaff on Jun 2, 2014
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How much planting mix would it take for (2) 4-5 foot Cold Hardy Avocado plants I will be purchasing from you? Also, what size pots will I need for patio planting? Can I mix other stuff with it from home or local garden supply?
Chris B on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: It is amazing just how small of a pot you can get away with. The smaller the pot the smaller the plant will stay. I have seen avocado's in 2 gallon pots that have reached 8 feet tall but only produced 2-3 avocados each year. Some new research is suggest that human urine diluted one part to 10 parts water is one of the best fertilizers [if you can deal with diluting it and getting it to the plant]. I have tried this on citrus and avocado's and the intense green they turn is truly amazing. And this fertilizer is free. NEVER use it full strength and only use it about every 4th watering. We now use it on everything in the garden.
Reply · Alan H on Jun 4, 2014
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Where do these trees come from?
Cindyb on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: Hi, Cindy! I only know we purchased it from Fast-Growing-Trees! Sorry I cannot give you more information!
Reply · PHYLLIS J on Jul 11, 2014
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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.
Reply · Justin FStaff on Jun 2, 2014
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could this plant grow in the caribbean? can it grow as a dwaft tree?
andra c on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: Why wouldn't it grow in the Caribbean? I can not think of any reason. As far as keeping it dwarf, not a problem, just prune it all year long to keep it the size you want to keep it. By itself it can get up to 30 feet talk although 20 feet is most likely. And it has a huge crown on it. You might try to espalier it at 7 feet. I have three along a fence that are kept at 7 feet tall and are 15 feet in each direction. I have a wall of avocados. You are the boss, avocado's respond well to heavy pruning. Make it what you want.
Reply · Alan H on Jul 19, 2014
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What is eating my avocado leaves?
chappyv on Jul 1, 2014
Best Answer: If its a small round puff that appears on the bark....I have no idea. I researched and found pests that do eat and sometimes harm the tree in doing so, but I dont think those are what I had appear occasionally on mine. Its looking rough though.
Reply · Sean D on Jul 9, 2014
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Can I dry and plant a seed from an avocado?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2014
Best Answer: You can plant a seed from an Avocado. The link below has planting instructions. Our trees are grafted and not grown from seed, so our trees produce fruit much more quickly than trees grown from seed.

Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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How will this grow in a greenhouse?
Liza F on Jun 6, 2014
Best Answer: I live in nebraska and I bought a tree in December. I have kept mine in a greenhouse and so far it loves it!
Reply · alicia s on Jun 9, 2014
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How long before the hardy avocado tree produces fruit? Zone 6
James s on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: I do not know which size avocado you purchased. If you purchased the largest size they sell it will be 1-2 years sooner than if you purchased the smallest size they sell. And if you over fertilize with nitrogen, or you over water both will delay fruiting. You should expect in the 3rd year to get a few flowers, but most likely they will all fall off. The next spring you should get an abundance of flowers and a few will set fruit and half of them will fall off. However the following year you could get a dozen avocado's. And after that dozens and dozens. I see you are in zone 6, that means you have to move it inside in the winter. Make sure you do not over water. And mist it occasionally, you might want to get an led grow light to shine down on it for a few hours each day through out the winter when it is indoors. The first Cold Hardy avocado I purchased survived a record low of 19F its first year outside as did my "Day" avocado's from Logee's. Here in California if you have "A" type and "B" type avocados you get more fruit set. I have no idea if it will help you in Zone 6 but it could not hurt to have two different varieties. These avocados are so delicious even if you have to wait more than a couple years it is well worth the wait. Just imagine how thrilled your neighbors will be when you give them a couple avocado's off your tree.
Reply · Alan H on Jul 19, 2014
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What do you feed it. Had it for about 3 years nothing ?
jimbob on Jul 15, 2014
Best Answer: I would use commercial fertilizer for Avocado trees and follow directions carefully. Do not over fertilize. And do not over water. Since I do not know where you live, if it is in the ground or in a large pot, did you have a cold winter or is summer a hot one it is difficult to say anything other than use the commercial fertilizer and follow the directions exactly. Do not over fertilize.

You may not want to hear this but human urine diluted with water is an excellent fertilizer. It is probably illegal to use it and you would want to check it out before you try it, but you will have the darkest green avocado trees if you try it. And its free.
Reply · Alan H on Jul 19, 2014
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I Have just planted a Fuerte Avocado tree will the cold hardy work for pollination?
VANESSA S on Jul 14, 2014
Best Answer: The Brogdon avocado has a "B" type flower as does your Fuerte avocado. For maximum fruit set you need an avocado with an "A" type flower. You will want to get a Hass or Gwen avocado because they have "A" type flowers. Hass avocado's are very tender to frost but you can always grow one in a pot if it is too cold where you live and take it out side next to your Fuerte and Brogdon and you will have a huge increase in the amount of fruit set. While the Brogdom is hardy into the high teens the Fuerte is very sensitive to frost. There are many varieties that have type "A" flowers. It doesn't seem to matter in Florida but on the west coast having both "A" and "B" flowers make a huge difference. You'll still get avocado's with out an "A" type just not as many.
Reply · Alan H on Jul 19, 2014
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I need to know when this tree should be producing.On season or two after purchase?
Please advise.
A shopper on Jul 5, 2014
Best Answer: Good question, Mine has alot of branches and growth but no fruit yet, It has has significant growth this spring so hopefully I'll get some by next year, I will have had it two years in 3-2015.
Reply · Bob B on Jul 6, 2014
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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.
Reply · Alan H on Jul 19, 2014
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tree looks beautiful lots of newbright green growth. plenty of water and fertilizer but only a few blossoms why??? had fruit in previous years
A shopper on Jun 22, 2014
Best Answer: Over watering as well as uneven watering can cause blossom drop. Too much fertilizer can cause plant growth at the expense of fruit set. You want good drainage and for the soil to be damp but not soggy. Also make sure if you have it in a pot that the water is getting to the center of the pot and not running down the sides of the pot. I have seen potted plants that are watered daily but are bone dry in the center. In addition to even moisture Avocado's like mulch. Instead of fertilizing why not try a couple of inches of really good compost. And keep applying it year round. We dump our compost from the kitchen around the base of our avocado's and let it compost beneath the tree.
Reply · Alan H on Jul 19, 2014
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I live in central TX, Fort Hood area. I already planted 2 of these avocados and both died on the year. What must be the problem? Is the weather too cold in winter for this tree?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2014
Best Answer: They say the tree is hardy to 18F. My baby tree survived 19F its first year outside unprotected. Fort Hood Texas has an occasional dip in temperature into the low teens, that is enough to kill the young tree. It is not only how low it gets but how long it stays low. What you can do is get some garden heating cables and wrap them around the truck, especially the graft and then through out the tree. Then when you get that 10 year record low you plug it in and leave it on until the freeze or sever frost is over. You will also want to spray the plant with cloud cover as soon as you know there is going to be a freeze, and repeat every couple weeks or so. You will want to cover the plant with several heavy duty frost blankets should you have another record low. It does not hurt to keep the baby trees in pots and over-winter them indoors protected from that occasional extreme low temp. Another thing that will kill them is over watering and if you do not have good drainage you could get enough rain to drown them. Over fertilizing them will burn them to a crisp. When you get them they are babies and need mostly a light fertilizer and occasional water, and protection from January cold. In January 2010 you have a record low of 15F that alone is enough to kill the graft and probably the root stock.
Reply · Alan H on Jul 19, 2014
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Is the Cold Hardy Avocado grafted?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, all of our Avocado trees are grafted... This ensures you will get fruit. Non-grafted Avocados will almost never produce any fruit.
Reply · Justin FStaff on Jun 4, 2014
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If I plant the avocado in the ground how can I keep it about 8ft tall?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2014
Best Answer: It depends where you live. Since you are planting it outside I assume you are in zone 9 or above. You might want to wait until winter frost is over and prune out anything that was damaged by frost as well as to prune it down to desired height. Avocado's recover severe pruning amazingly well. You should also practice year around pruning to shape the tree and to maintain desired height.

I espaliered several of my cold hardy avocado's. The limbs are tied to a fence that is 7 feet tall and they are pruned to keep them growing wide, along the fence line in stead of tall and bushy. We just tie the branches to the wires of the fence and as they grow up we tie they down again. We get some pretty cold nights here ever 10-20 years so having them espaliered like this makes it easy to throw frost blankets over them just in case.
Reply · Alan H on Jul 19, 2014
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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.
Reply · Alan H on Jul 19, 2014
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I purchased and received my 3-4 ft avocado in May of 2012.It is growing well with lots of new healthy leaves. This year the tree is approximately 5' tall. Does the tree require pruning to keep it's shape? I have some outwardly growing branches and would like to know if I should prune the tree. If I have to prune the tree, what is the best time of the year to do it?
Harold R.
C U on Jul 21, 2014
Best Answer: You do not have to prune your tree back, unless you desire to prune it the best time to do so would be in the early Spring. However you may also prune it in the early Fall.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 23, 2014
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is 2-3ft as large as I can buy?
sue c on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: We tend to have larger sizes in stock, the 3 - 4 ft, 4 to 5 ft, and 5 to 6 ft are currently on back order.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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Is it possible to buy a bigger tree than 2-3 ft--my husband refuses to buy anymore small trees?
sue c on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: We do carry larger sizes, however the 3-4 ft, 4-5 ft, and 5-6 ft sizes of this tree are currently on back order until further notice.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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Can the tree survive a colorado winter? Low temps of -5f?
erron f on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: That's a little too cold for this tree. It would need to be potted and brought inside during temperatures lowers than 32 degrees.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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We have had a tree for about 5 years now and it still has not produced any fruit, we water and feed it but it never has produced any fruit yet , we are in florida and purchased it here. Do you have any sugestions?
Ann D on Jul 7, 2014
Best Answer: Avocado Trees grown from seed can take up to seven years before they fruit. If it's grafted and has flowered already, the flowers may need to be hand pollinated.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 17, 2014
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can you ship this to Murrieta Califirnia?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. We can ship the Cold Hardy Avocado tree to California, and we often do.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 2014
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My cold hardy avocado froze in spring freeze in 77359 zip code. I had planted it in the ground last fall, same deepness as pot, and it was doing great until then. I left the tree in place and now (June) there are sprouts coming from the ground level. Are these sprouts from the rootstock, or the grafted? How can I know?
Frances G on Jun 22, 2014
Best Answer: The sprouts could be suckers popping up from the roots that are taking your tree's nutrients. They're most likely growing from the root stock. Trees are grafted by hand.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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Hi, Is there a way to keep the cold hardy avocado tree to a size of 5ft tall. If so what would be the average width and would it still produce much fruit? Also how long would it take to produce fruit? We live in zone 10.
Thank you for you time.
A shopper on Jun 22, 2014
Best Answer: You can prune an Avocado Tree back to keep it at a desired height. Be careful not to cut the flowering branches. Your tree may need a year to established and transition into its new environment, but you could see fruit within the first year.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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Do ou sell Haas trees?
Lynn D on Jun 21, 2014
Best Answer: No, we sell grafted trees.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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