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Cold Hardy Avocado

Persea americana


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Hass Avocado Tree

Delicious Avocados Without the Wait

Hass Avocado Tree
  • Your very own tree delivers avocados up to 7 years sooner than seed-grown trees
  • You’ll get a large harvest every year for 40+ years
  • Its fruit tastes better than store bought avocados
  • These trees thrive inside or outside – in every state throughout the US
  • Easy to own; requires little maintenance 
  • Self-pollinating
  • Save hundreds of dollars in the first few years!

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

Add a unique look to your patio or sunroom with the Hass Avocado. Outdoors this... Read more  

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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- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

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

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

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

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

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

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 8-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 20℉)

Growing Zones 8-11 outdoors
4-11 patio
8-11 outdoors

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

5-8 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


15 ft.

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Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:

September - November

Fruit Color:

Dark Blue

Year to Bear:

4-5 years

Botanical Name:

Persea americana

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Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)

The Easiest Avocado Tree You Can Grow

  • No matter where you live, you can own your own Avocado tree
  • The Cold Hardy Avocado will withstand frigid temperatures as low as 20°
  • Plant them as container plants and bring inside during the winter months
  • You’ll get an abundant yield of fruit year after year ~ no matter where you live
  • Get avocados up to 7 years sooner than with seed-grown avocados
  • These avocados are up to 25% larger than other avocado varieties
  • This is a fast-growing plant that arrives healthy and ready to thrive

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

Plenty of Avocados to Share

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


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

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

You can't compare the texture or taste of a store bought green avocado to a tree-ripened black avocado you'll pick from your very own tree. Whether you're making homemade guacamole or sliced avocado with lime, the bold flavor you'll enjoy from your black avocados will amaze you and encourage you to explore all the possibilities this diverse fruit has to offer. And the 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 rootstock 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 ensures 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..

Cold Hardy Avocado Pollination

Cold Hardy Avocado are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional pollinator will drastically increase the size of your crop. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

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Customer Reviews

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Doing great over winter in my greenhouse in Western WA
Bought two in October. I repotted immediately and put them in my greenhouse to overwinter. They're doing fine. No growth yet, but didn't expect there would be this time of year. Only issue: one tree was much smaller than the other. Don't know is one tree was too small, or maybe I got lucky and was sent one tree that was much more developed. They are approx. the same height but one seems much more mature.
January 9, 2015
over 3 years ago
The tree came packaged well and the first one looked a little weak and eventually died but the company quickly sent me a second with no trouble and it arrived strong and healthy, unfortunately it died as well. I later found out that I did two things wrong, first I planted them at the wrong time of year and second I put way too much cow manure in the hole I dug for them.....very dissapointed but not with the company this was my own fault....I should have waited til mid to late October to avoid the summer heat the first year of the trees growth.....sooooo maybe next year will do it again minus the mistakes. =
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
Avocados anyone?
Has anyone actually gotten edible avocados from their tree? I keep seeing reviews that say they are "looking forward" to them. I have had my tree for about 2 years now and the first year I got about 4 small avocados that turned black and fell off when they were about the size of a quarter. No blooms or fruit since. Please someone tell me a success story with these trees!
December 17, 2014
Solon Springs, WI
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2011- I bought my Cold Hardy Avocado Tree this summer, when it arrived it was packaged in a heavy box. I was really impressed when i slid it out of the box. It was at least 7 feet tall. Beautiful tree!! I live in the south and i Potted it and took it in my house when it got down to 45 degrees. Now it is December and it is full of blooms and doing great. Every day it is doing something different. love my Cold Hardy Avocado tree.
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
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
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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
January 1, 2013
In the Spring of 2012, we purchased a 7-8Ft. ""cold Hardy Avocado tree"" from fast growing trees. We live in zone 6 (Cleveland, OH) and thought it could possibly die in this area. We planted it in a huge pot and kept it outside until mid Septempber. It is now situated in our sunroom and is doing great! It has about 200 flower buds on the branches! To polinate the tree- we took a cotton sqab and touched all the flowers. Hopefully it will work and we will have avocados soon! I am totally shocked that this Cold Hardy Avocado Tree is doing well
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
None of these reviews really help me. I live in zone 9 where a Hass avocado can be killed at 30F. Zone 9 is between 20F and 30F. Yet if you spray with ""wilt proof"" and cover with ""bubble cloth"" in the late fall removing it in the early spring it is possible to grow tender Hass avocado's. Zone 8 is 10F to 20F. Will these avocado's really survive winter temps down to 10F? Does anyone have any trees growing in their yard that has surived a zone 8 winter and gone on to produce fruit the next season?
January 1, 2013
over 5 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!
January 1, 2013
I ordered my tree a couple months ago but due to weather they did not ship until last week. Awesome care if you ask me. The tree looks vibrant and healthy. Its leaves were droopy when it arrived but soaking it in water for a couple hours perked it right up. I'm new to this plant so I guess the only concern I have is when I transplanted I noticed the roots were brown instead of white is this normal? The plant is already showing new growth so I don't think I have anything to be concerned about. Very happy with my purchase and with this tree. HOpe to have fruit on it in a year.
January 1, 2013

Planting & Care

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

Cold Hardy Avocado Planting Diretions

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUDDEN LEAF DROP:  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.

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.

Ambrosia Beetles: These insects burrow into tree trunks, branches and stems. The beetles also introduce fungi into the tree where it develops mycelia in the tree’s tissues. This in turn constricts the tree’s branches. They can be treated with permethrin.

Avocado Bud Mite: This tiny insect can be found feeding on buds and developing fruit. They cause small spots of decay, fruit discoloration and malformation. The adult has a yellowish body. Infestations begin from March through May. They can be treated with an insecticidal spray.

Avocado Lace Bug: Increasingly severe outbreaks of this bug have been seen since the 1990s. The insects are small, oblong and brown with ‘lacey’ wings. They are found on the underside of the leaves where they suck out the plant’s juice. They live in colonies that crowd the leaves’ undersides. They begin to build up from January through March.

Avocado Tree Girdler: This adult snout beetle attacks younger trees up to six inches in diameter at ground level. The insect larvae created burrows as they feed. You should examine your trees twice a year, and look for the reddish frass extruded by the larvae. Treat the tree by removing the larvae and painting with tree wound paint.

Brown Garden Snail: The Brown Snail has a soft, slimy body and a hard shell with yellow bands. They feed on the leaves and shoots of the avocado and stunt the growth of trees that have had topwork. Snails are more active during the night time, so you should check your trees in the early morning. Both snails and slugs are repelled by copper. Fitting a band of copper around your tree’s truck will stop them gaining access from the ground but you also need to ensure the canopies are clear.

Caterpillars: Leaf-rolling and web spinning caterpillars can infest avocado trees, feeding on the blooms and leaves. There is also a looperEpimeces detexta (the lava of a grey-white moth) that feeds on avocado leaves in Florida. Looper will also feed on the tender new shoots on the upper part of the tree and even the fruit. Looper infestations tend to be more prevalent during the spring and summer months. They can be treated with an insecticidal spray or dust.

Mirids: These are small sucking insects that feed from and interest their eggs into young avocado buds as they are opening. Attacks will destroy flowers and cause recently set fruit to fall. Check fruit for a wound which may lead to decay. Trees are usually vulnerable to Mirids during flowering and early fruit setting stages. They may be prevented by regularly cutting grass and weeds surrounding the trees. Mirids can be treated with Malathion.

Scale Insects: Scale insects such as black and red scale can sometimes be a problem for avocado trees. They usually infest between May and July and can be treated with insecticide.

Spider Mite: Florida avocado trees are particularly prone to the red mite. It begins its feast on the upper surface of the leaves then the midrib and finally around the leaf veins. These areas will turn brown. You may also see evidence of the mite’s casts. If you can see 6 or more mites per leaf you will need to spray with insecticide.

Insecticides: The EPA has listed a number of insecticides that have been cleared for use on Avocados. These are: 
• Bacillus thuringiensis (Biobit, Cutlass, Dipel, Javelin, Vault, XenTari)
carbaryl (Sevin)
malathion (Cythion)
metaldehyde (slugs and snails)
methomyl (Lannate)
permethrin (Ambush, Pounce)
pyrethrins + rotenone (Pyrellin)
oils (Sun Spray, Volck oil)
rotenone (Rotacide)
soap, insecticidal (M-Pede)
sulfur (Thiolux, SuperSul)
diatomaceous earth + pyrethrin + pbo (Diatect Organic Plus)

Diseases (Anthracnose):  This is a fungal disease that can cause problems for mature avocado fruit, though it will sometimes also infect younger fruit, twigs and leaves. It causes black or brownish circular depressions on the fruit. These rapidly spread and cause the fruit to rot. The fungus can be treated with applications of a fungicide that has been approved for anthracnose.

Powdery Mildew: It is not uncommon for avocado trees to become infected by powdery mildew. If this is left untreated it can affect the tree quite severely. The infection begins with dark green-purple spots on the undersides of the leaves, followed by with powder growth on the upper and lower surface. Fungicides approved for powdery mildew will fix it.

Pseudocercospora Spot: This common avocado tree disease occurs in humid weather. It produces small brown lesions on fruits, stems and leaves. Some of the lesions may also grow a furry mass. This disease should be treated with treated with azoxystrobin or copper spray for avocado trees.

Root Rot: Root rot caused by the Phytophthora fungi is not treatable. It causes the infected tree to die. The feeder roots blacken and the leave gradually wilt and fall. To protect your tree from this type of infection you should plant it in well-drained soil and avoid over-watering.

Scab: Scab is caused by the fungus, Sphaceloma perseae. It occurs on twigs and leaves growing on the upper half of the avocado tree as well as the fruit. The infected fruit develops oval brown, slightly raised spots, which gradually sink. This disease should be treated with treated with azoxystrobin or copper spray for avocado trees.

Fungicide Caution: Always use a fungicide, azoxystrobin or copper spray that has been approved by the EPA to treat specific disease on avocado trees. Always follow the directions exactly. Remove dead or infected material from the tree. Do not compost it.

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.

Pollination: Avocados are self pollinating so you will get fruit to form with just the one but you can increase your hardy avocado’s chances of pollination by planting two or three trees in the same area.

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Why did you choose this? Store
I thought i give them a try due to being cold hardy and the climate changes here in Texas, so hopefully they last a long time to come.
Bernardo R on Jan 8, 2018
gift for friend who asked for it
Sandra M on Jan 6, 2018
I thought i give them a try due to being cold hardy and the climate changes here in Texas, so hopefully they last a long time to come.
Bernardo R on Jan 8, 2018
we love the taste of these Avocado's
matt B on Jan 7, 2018
gift for friend who asked for it
Sandra M on Jan 6, 2018
My husband gave me a Haas Avocado from you for Christmas and after reading all the information I decided to increase avocado production by adding this.
Rebecca W on Dec 30, 2017
that's what was recommended for our area ! they sounded like they knew what they were talking about !
susan g on Dec 30, 2017
Because I love avocados and this is a self pollinating tree
Erica H on Dec 27, 2017
I planted a different variety of avocado last year and it did not live through the cold season on San Jose. I am hoping that this variety will survive!
Sara B on Dec 24, 2017
Taking an chance since my wife eats an avocado daily.
James T on Dec 19, 2017
A gift for a Avocado lover.
Rick B on Dec 13, 2017
Copy said it would grow in this region and produce fruit sooner than if grown from seed.
Christopher T on Dec 11, 2017
Gift for my brother in Gainesville, FL. Hopefully, the cold Hardy version will do well there.
Robert O on Dec 10, 2017
As a gift
Marissa H on Dec 10, 2017
nutritional value
ruben a on Dec 10, 2017
My favorite
Jatinder B on Dec 4, 2017
I believe the Cold Hardy Avocado trees are type B flowers. The regular are type A flowers, so I should get a much more bountiful harvest by buying 1 of each type.
Mike W on Dec 4, 2017
DEAN D on Nov 29, 2017
Well described, good instruction for growing and keeping the plant healthy. Also the free shipping made my decision to buy from this Company easier. Thank you.
Marta W on Nov 25, 2017
I'm eat one avocado every morning ...delicious and healthy
Antonio S on Nov 18, 2017
virginia t on Nov 18, 2017
I eat a lot of avocados
Adam F on Nov 18, 2017
Grows well in my growing zone and my spouse loves Avacodos.
Jean O on Nov 17, 2017
I wanted a tree that has the best possible chance of surviving in my region 9.
Don G on Nov 15, 2017
LOVE avocados and wanted to try my hand at growing my own!
Tina S on Nov 11, 2017
The reviews for the most part were all positive on your customer service and quality of trees.
David A M on Nov 6, 2017
Really would have preferred Pinkerton. Couldn't find it for reasonable price-including shipping. Also you had LSU fig which I also wanted.
Elizabeth S on Nov 6, 2017
it was recommended for pollination
John B on Nov 5, 2017
Ana D on Nov 2, 2017
Because its semi dwarf and its cold hardy we dont get to terribly cold here but wanted to make sure it withstood the cold
Angela E on Nov 1, 2017
I don't have any fruits yet. Hoping on the 2nd year I will have some..
Erlinda A on Oct 31, 2017
is a tree that stays green all year round, and I love avocados.
Miguel M on Oct 30, 2017
I like avocados and want to try a cold hardy variety
Steve C on Oct 28, 2017
excellent shape on arrival, doing well so far
david b on Oct 28, 2017
i chose this tree to help fruit production of my self-pollenating Haas Avocado Tree.
Cheryl H on Oct 26, 2017
Avocados are WAY too expensive these days. Time to grow some myself!
Eli B on Oct 23, 2017
Love avocados and this one has larger fruit and will live outside here year round!
Michael H on Oct 23, 2017
From the information provided, this seemed like the right choice so we would not have to move the plant inside during our few very cold nights in Tampa. And, we love avocados so thought this would be a great way to have fresh ones available.
NANCY G on Oct 23, 2017
Love Avocado. I just want to grow my own Avocado tree.
Binh N on Oct 16, 2017
I like avocados
Erasmo C on Oct 16, 2017
Winters get a bit chilly here in Nevada.
John B on Oct 14, 2017
You said I qualify for free shipping but I did not get it
Michael P on Oct 14, 2017
I picked these because I live in a cooler climate (zone 8b). I'll see how they do!
Lucas C on Oct 12, 2017
Advised I will get more fruit if I have both the Cold Hardy and Hass Avocados
Elaine M on Oct 10, 2017
A friend of mine recommended you too me. He has had good luck with his avocado trees.
Ronald B on Oct 9, 2017
I love avocados. I am so excited about the idea of growing them in my backyard along with figs. This seemed the best option for planting in the ground and surviving a SC winter.
Beth S on Oct 9, 2017
Like Avocados figured id try to grow my own.
Ben F on Oct 8, 2017
fast growing , adapts to cold, hardy, seems organic
karen k on Oct 7, 2017
I chose (2) avocado trees because of the nutritional value and increased vitamin content, why not grow my own.
Brenda A on Oct 6, 2017
I could live on Avocados and I can't wait to have my own tree. I choose this Cold Hardy Avocado Tree because I live in the high desert and it gets extremely hot and cold and I think this one will live through it all.
Mary K on Oct 6, 2017
Tropical fruits and vegetables remind my mother of home.
Warren H on Oct 5, 2017
Avocado prices are rising fast, yet I need them on a daily basis I figured to just grow my own 😏
Cheryl B on Oct 5, 2017
we love the taste of these Avocado's
matt B on Jan 7, 2018
My husband gave me a Haas Avocado from you for Christmas and after reading all the information I decided to increase avocado production by adding this.
Rebecca W on Dec 30, 2017
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 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.
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.
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.
should I prune my avocado tree? Thanks Emily
Emily B on Jan 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You don't have to prune your avocado, but you might want to. Whether you are growing in a pot or in the ground, some formative pruning in the first 2-3 years is helpful to encourage the tree to be more bushy and to grow out, not up. This makes harvesting and caring for your tree a lot easier. As the tree matures, you might want to prune 1-2 large branches at the top each year to help control height; do not remove the lower tree branches, where a lot of the fruit is borne.
Just received my 3-4' avocado tree today. I am planning on keeping it indoors for the winter. Would you please tell me what type/size growing bulb you recommend for my Cold Hardy Avocado?
Rita W on Jan 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Of course, nothing beats sunlight for growing plants. However, many people don't have a bright enough spot in the house for the winter, so you can supplement with daylight or standard cool white tubes to add light to you plants, the stronger the better. 48-inch 32 watts 6500 CFL bulbs, 11-14 hours a day is recommended. Growing under fluorescent lights alone will give you a straggly plant; you will need sunlight or metal halide lights in addition. Don't let the lights get too close to the plants, as they can heat them up too much, and you will need to cut the lights off for part of the 24 hours to give the plants some night. Avocados like cooler temperatures at night, around 60 degrees F. in order to bloom. You can also buy plant lights that are made specifically for growing plants, and the manufacturer takes the guesswork out of it for you.
Is the Cold Hardy Avocado grafted?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, all of our Avocado trees are grafted... This ensures you will get fruit. Non-grafted Avocados will almost never produce any fruit.
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.
Will they grow in a temp above 100 degrees?
Joe L on Apr 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they a very heat tolerant.
How big and wide will this grafted avocado tree get when fully grown?
A shopper on Sep 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: My grafted trees usually grow approximately 15 feet tall and about 14 feet across. I must tell you I do trim my tree each year in January or February. You will get die back and you simply snap the little branches off when they dry out. This is normal. This is a bad year because of a heat wave that hurt a lot of trees in Souther California in I believe it was April this year. I will only have about 50 avocados this year because of it. My tree is only 4 years old and last year it produced approximately 300 avocados. The trick is don't over water and if you do not have good ground be sure to use citrus and avocado food in the spring. Place the food in a ring around the tree at the outer edge of the branches as that is where the tips of the roots are. Do not over fertilize as it will burn the roots .
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.
In zone 6a South Illinois. After scanning the FAQs didn't see this answer.
What size pot is recommended for indoor planting?
John G on Aug 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A 15 gallon pot would be an ideal size for your indoor Avocado tree.
what does the acacado planting kit consist of.??
sally b on Jul 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 12in x 12in container - Perfect size for any beginning avocado tree. Made in the USA

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

3 bags of Avocado Planting Mix - This mix is specially formulated to give your avocado tree maximum resultsEnter an answer to this question.
Does the hardy avocado tree need a lot of sun?
Richard D on Jun 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, all avocados like a lot of sun. If you grow it in a container, you will need to bring it outdoors each summer so it can have maximum sunlight and heat. In the winter, you will need to give it 6-8 hours of direct sun in a window, and if you don't have that, you will need to supplement with artificial light.
Will a Haas Avocado cross polinate with a Cold Hardy Avocado Tree?
Suzi C on Mar 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, having both the A type Hass and the B type Cold Hardy Avocado, you can increase your crop significantly.
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.
I just transplanted the Cold Hardy Avocado tree and had half of an avocado seed fall from the the soil. The other half of the seed remains affixed to the tree's roots. Is it possible that I received a different variety of avocado? Rereading the advertisement it states "We don't grow from seed... all of our Avocado Trees are grafted from carefully selected stock."
Stephen B on Sep 16, 2017
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.
Are the leaves deciduous?
Mary N on Jul 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The tree has leaves all year, but they do eventually get old and drop off, particularly in the spring when new foliage is actively growing.
We ordered this tree this summer along with the soil and container. How often should the avocado tree be replanted and how often should it be fertilized? Still looks very healthy but no signs of fruit.
A shopper on Sep 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You should repot every year or two, in spring, when the plant begins to grow again. The pot should be just large enough to hold the root ball loosely, and you can increase the pot size by an inch or two each year till you get to the size you want, usually 24 " or half a whiskey barrel size. Keeping it in a smaller pot (14-16") will keep the plant smaller, making it easier to handle and fit indoors for winter. Pinch back stem tips in early spring and occasionally during the year to force new branches to form, as avocados fruit from new growth, and also to make the plant bushier. Avocados do not not need copious amounts of fertilizer. A balanced fertilizer (10-10-10) four times a year is plenty. Older trees benefit from a feeding of a high-nitrogen fertilizer in late winter. Also, older trees sometimes have an iron or zinc deficiency, which can be remedied by preparations you will find at a nursery or farming supply store. You will need to be patient for fruit; the longer it spends outdoors each year, the more likely you are to get fruit. If you bought the 5-6 ft size plant, you could very well have blooms the first year and fruit the next; smaller trees will take longer, of course, usually 2-3 years.
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.
Could this plan survive in Indiana? Or at least in a greenhouse in indiana
OdinTheJust O on Jul 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Our cold hardy Avocado is only good for planting outside in Zones 8 to 11 and is hardy down to 20 degrees. You would have to bring it inside for the Winter or grow it in a green house.
is the avocado tree genetictly modified?
emerita h on Jul 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I obtained my avocados from Fast Growing Trees, and I don't believe they were genetictly modified. Not all avocados are cold hardy. We've had no trouble with them producing. We leave them out until the temp gets close to their limit and then roll them unto the garage. We roll them out during warm periods. Hope this helps.
If I plan to keep my Avacado plant on the patio what type of pot is best?
Joanne R on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We kept ours in a 30 gallon trash can on roller wheels for maneuverability for the first year or so. This gave it plenty of root growing room. It was nothing to look at, but it worked for us. We drilled drain holes about 4 inches up from the bottom and used a good potting soil mix along with some citrus/avocado plant fertilizer. Regardless of pot choice, put it on wheels so it can be moved or rotated for even sun exposure.
How should I go about planting my tree into a patio container? Should I only use potting soil, or add something else to it as well?
Cflower on Jan 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Choose a container that’s slightly larger than the plastic container on your tree. Over time move your tree up into a container that’s three times the width of the plastic container. Then line the bottom of the container with gravel to promote proper drainage. Place your Avocado Tree in the container and fill it in with citrus tree potting mix. Then give your tree water until you see it draining out the bottom of the pot. During the warmer months keep your tree outdoors. Once the weather starts turning cold bring your tree indoors and place it by a large sunny window.
Do I need more than one Avocado tree to produce fruit? Many trees require at least two, or they won't. Is this the case, here?
Mandy on Jun 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Avocado trees are self pollinating, but the yield can be increased a good deal by having a tree of another type to pollinate it. Our Cold Hardy Avocado is a Type B tree (which starts out male, and turns to female) and you would need a Type A tree, like the Hass (starts out female and turns to male) to increase the yield from greater pollination.
What is in the avocado planting kit?
Chuck on Jun 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Avocado Planting Kit contains:

12in x 12in container - Perfect size for any beginning avocado tree. Made in the USA

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

3 bags of Avocado Planting Mix - This mix is specially formulated to give your avocado tree maximum results.
when/how can I prune the tree to keep it manageable to move indoors for winter?
kim k on May 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: These trees take well to pruning; however, remember that you will be reducing fruit production for one to several seasons for the branches you prune, because fruit is borne at the ends of the branches. Best time for heavy pruning is early spring, just before the spring growth flush. Light pruning can be done any time.
Are these trees deer resistant?
Elena C on Apr 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Deer will eat avocado leaves, especially when the foliage is young, and they will damage the bark. You can protect your tree by wrapping the trunk, by putting your tree in a fenced area, and by placing it among plants that deer do not care for, like Butterfly weed, Foxglove, or Black-eyed Susan.

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