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Cold Hardy Avocado

Persea americana


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-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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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.

Coarse 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

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.



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Botanical Name:

Persea americana

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The Easiest Avocado Tree to Grow

Home-grown avocados, no matter where you live. With the Cold Hardy Avocado Tree, it's possible. This strong tree withstands frigid temperatures as low as 20 degrees, living up to its name.

Simply plant your Avocado Tree in a container and bring it inside during the winter months - it will continue to grow. You’ll get an abundant yield of fruit, year after year, for more than half the year. And your avocados will arrive up to 7 years sooner than with seed-grown avocado trees.

Plus, these avocados are up to 25% larger than other varieties, especially since this tree is fast-growing, arrives healthy and is ready to thrive. Even better, it boasts an abundant yield of fruit for more than half the year. 

So, you'll have plenty of avocados to share. Enjoy baskets full of beautiful avocados that grow with ease from this consistent producer. Aside from the sheer quantity, you'll notice the dark color: a characteristic of the fruit's health benefits.

Best of all, it's self-pollinating. Your Cold Hardy Avocado Tree can produce fruit all by itself. But each tree will produce even more if you add a second tree, for cross-pollination purposes. For example, the Hass Avocado Tree makes an excellent pollinator for the Cold Hardy Avocado.

Superior flavor from a super food. Is there anything better? The texture and taste of store-bought simply can't compare.Whether you're making homemade guacamole or sliced avocado with lime, the bold flavor is amazing.

And the superior taste isn't the only benefit you'll reap. That's because they're loaded with vitamins A, B6, 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 to maintain proper HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.

Basically, the Cold Hardy Avocado Tree is one of the most versatile trees on the market. For a larger tree, plant it outdoors and watch it soar to heights of 15 to 20 feet. Or, for a shorter tree, plant in a container and you can limit growth to between 5 and 7 feet in height. Many growers find this method optimal for moving the tree between indoors and out.

Also, a single Cold Hardy Avocado Tree may have more than one trunk, a trait that's helpful in producing more delicious avocados for many more years. And since we don't grow from seed, all of our Avocado Trees are grafted from carefully selected stock. We've combine the rootstock from a hardy, disease resistant variety with a mature tree, so you'll get great-tasting fruit, faster.

Our larger sizes commonly bear fruit their very first year. Seriously. Your tree is also more forgiving and easier to grow indoors or out. But demand from new orchards and home growers has put this tree in short supply. We recommend that you order yours today while larger sizes are still available!

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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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Cold Hardy Avocado
Purchased 2 of these. One came with many green leaves drooping that fell off, and the other is perfect. Just like it grew right there.
This is going to be the 3rd or 4th time trying with the Avocado trees here in Vegas.
They burn extremely easy so a young tree cannot handle direct hot sun; had to learn this the hard way. Expensive too. Purchase the insurance, and FGT will work with you. Very knowledgeable as well. This tree will be in the shade, in a pot, with indirect light until it gets some age on it. That way. I'll be able to move it around until I find the spot they'll like.
November 16, 2018
3 weeks ago
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Absolutely extremely pleased with my Avocado tree
Yet another excellent transaction, fast shipping and excellent customer my Avocado tree, I purchased the Hass last week and today I received my second Avocado tree, I am impressed with the growth and again no yellow leaves nor broken branches
Just planted from the delivery box
Just planted from the delivery box
October 31, 2018
2 weeks ago
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Came potted in excellent condition!
The tree came potted in excellent shape. Fall has come and rain is here is San Antonio. So far my little tree is happy to be here. I hope it makes it thru the winter.
October 22, 2018
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Very nice ytoung tree
The tree was everything advertised and it looks like its home now. Its taken to the Georgia clay very well and we look forward to seeing what happens in the winter.Thanks
October 1, 2018
2 months ago
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Hardy it is. arrived in terrific shape and growing rapidly a very happy avocado tree indeed! As with most of your plants, all is well here in Avocado land!

thank you.
September 26, 2018
3 months ago
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Great starter plant that could be a favorite
Came in prime condition only hope that neither the weather nor I kill it. You want me to say more and I don’t have a clue as never had this kind of plant before. Just flowers but I’m old and need healthy food and hope the tree outlasts me as my son would like it
September 25, 2018
2 months ago
Washington State Avacodo..
So far so good... fall is setting in fast here and I planted it.. it’s been in the ground 2 weeks and still looks good... time will tell
September 17, 2018
2 months ago
Colorado Avocado
It is working and growing well inside. Putting out new leaves and expanding outward. In Colorado it is experimental and at three weeks it is looking like a success,
August 28, 2018
3 months ago
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One good and one not so avocado.
I ordered both a coldhardy and a hass avocado. They came shipped in the same box (on their sides). Dirt was protected by a plastic bag, but the roots were still somewhat exposed. I potted both in pots a put on my back patio. The Hass seems to be doing well. The coldhardy avocado is a four foot stick with about a dozen leaves left on the top.

Since I paid for the one year warranty I'm waiting to see if it survives.
August 22, 2018
3 months ago
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Not good
the attached photo shows the Cold Hardy Avocado received - by comparison to the on-line photo it isn't much
Not as promoted
Not as promoted
August 22, 2018
3 months ago

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.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
To produce in the months my Hass won't so that I can have avocado toast and guacamole year round between the two.
Jacque P on Nov 10, 2018
I wanted a second Avocado tree, I just purchased the Hass
Patsy F on Oct 29, 2018
To produce in the months my Hass won't so that I can have avocado toast and guacamole year round between the two.
Jacque P on Nov 10, 2018
Joy B on Nov 1, 2018
I wanted a second Avocado tree, I just purchased the Hass
Patsy F on Oct 29, 2018
For a pollinator.
Mike T on Oct 25, 2018
I chose this with the Hass so i will have avocados for 10 months out of the year and they will produce more having cross pollination.
Todd B on Oct 25, 2018
Hiroshi O on Oct 20, 2018
Fast growing
Jose M on Oct 15, 2018
Cold weather resistant to be planted on patio in planting pot.
JD B on Oct 13, 2018
I live in the southeast corner of va.and needed the cold hardy temperature range. I will still grow in a pot. And protect it with a lean-to greenhouse in the winter (southwest side of brick wall )
JOHN A on Oct 11, 2018
The Cold Hardy Avocado is the recommended pollinator for the Hass Avocado Tree.
Lisa K on Oct 4, 2018
I bought it for my daughter in law who lives in Oregon.
Alan R on Sep 30, 2018
wanted a pollinator for my Haas avocado and this variety was recommended and seems to be likely to grow in my zone.
Roger F on Sep 25, 2018
want to have own Avocado tree rather buy in store
David M S on Sep 17, 2018
I had better wait to see what I get.
Lyle D on Sep 15, 2018
I love avocado and want to grow them myself.
Terrance E on Sep 10, 2018
I love avocados and wanted to give growing a tee another try
Gregory M on Aug 30, 2018
Love avocadoes and it should grow well in Central Texas. All previous orders from you have been excellent.
Roger G on Aug 27, 2018
I am a basic upper middle class millennial from California which means I love avocados and don't have the patients to buy anything less than a full grown tree.
Nico B on Aug 23, 2018
Because it seems more likely I will have success growing avocados.
Millie on Aug 18, 2018
my son wanted me to see how well it will grow in south Georgia. experimenting to see if it could be a farm crop. grafting is great.
guenther c on Aug 6, 2018
picked this Avocado to pollenate my Hass Avocado for better fruit production
Joseph W on Aug 4, 2018
my 2 Hass Avocado trees did not survive... trying this out!
kavita P on Aug 1, 2018
We eat avacados every day! Want to try the cold hardy variety at home.
Margaret M on Jul 28, 2018
Hoping it will survive the salt air on the florida coast.
gary w on Jul 26, 2018
because I live in Oregon, and during the winter get cold, so the Cold Hardy is for us, plus Avocados in the stores are so expensive, we love avocado and buy at least 5 a week...
Myra P on Jul 15, 2018
My grandson wanted to grow an avocado. He lives in north Florida and I thought that this would be a good choice for him to try.
Edna on Jul 7, 2018
Because I love avocado's but I live in the hot climate of Central Texas.
MALISSA I on Jun 28, 2018
Grow your own or stop eating them. Foods such as Avocado's will not be available.
Cheryl R on Jun 22, 2018
Live in North Central Florida and temp sometimes drops below 30 degrees.
Kathleen M on Jun 21, 2018
I ordered 2 Cold Hardy Avocado tree, 1 will go perfect next to my Meyer Lemon Tree and the other next to Key Lime Tree. Perfect size to enjoy outside next to my bench.
Juana I on Jun 18, 2018
I've been researching avocado trees for some time, but was undecided how well
it would produce in South Georgia. I decided to devote a space in my back yard to give this cold hardy variety a try. Hopefully it will arrive in good growing condition.
Clyde B on Jun 16, 2018
They are delicious
Jeffery M on Jun 16, 2018
John G on Jun 9, 2018
This tree type was suggested for my zone as the best type of tree.
William S on Jun 4, 2018
We have a Haas avocado tree at home and wanted another avocado tree for the cross pollination
Jazmin B on Jun 4, 2018
Wanted to try something new
irene s on Jun 4, 2018
The avocados are large and it can grow indoors/outdoors in my area. I will likely eventually get a Hass avocado tree too so they can encourage one another to make even more avocados. I eat them all the time as they are so healthy and good. I've started a vegetable garden so I'm expanding.
Heather R on Jun 3, 2018
susan m on Jun 2, 2018
Needed another for company to the one I just bought
larry S on May 29, 2018
I live in Maine. And we loved 🥑 in Arizona do we wanted some if home here
Samuel R on May 28, 2018
I love to grow avocados
Ted C on May 27, 2018
Pollinator for haas
clinton b on May 20, 2018
I like this plant I will let you know if this will grow here in Tennessee
Chona L on May 6, 2018
We love avocados. We also just put in a patio last year that we wish to make feel warmer with live potted plants.
Aaron K on Apr 30, 2018
We love to eat avocados so it makes sense to have our own avocado-producing tree.
Karen W on Apr 29, 2018
I wanted an avocado tree I don't have to bring indoors during our winters (regularly 20F).
Diana C on Apr 28, 2018
mother loves avocados
Jose H on Apr 28, 2018
If this thing produces avos as advertised that may be all eat for the rest of my life...
Jason A on Apr 27, 2018
My wife use the avocado and leaves for food and home remedies.
Dominic M on Apr 25, 2018
I love avocados. But, winter temp drops to mid 20’s. I hope this Cold Hardy Avocado will withstand winters here in Hesperia, CA.
Rodrigo G on Apr 22, 2018
Joy B on Nov 1, 2018
For a pollinator.
Mike T on Oct 25, 2018
How long will it be before the tree/s produce fruit?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It depends on the age of the tree. I have a 3 yr tree and it is just starting to produce small avocados for me.
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.
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 this self polinating? (does it need a mate?) Will it set fruit/pollinate indoors?
Andrew D on Sep 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Avocado trees are self-fertile, so you don't have to have another Avocado around for it to bear fruit. If it blooms indoors, you might want to shake it a bit to spread the pollen, since you will have no bees or wind to do it for you. However, as with all fruit trees they will each produce more with two trees, but you will need to use a different type of tree for your avocado yield to increase. Two of the same type likely won't increase production much. You want an A type and a B type tree to produce the most fruit. Two "A" type trees will open male and female at the same time. A B type tree opens the opposite the A type so you'll have it open male when the A type is open female. Our Cold Hardy Avocado is a type B. You could use a type A if you are really interested in increasing your harvest: the Hass avocado is a type A, which you can find on our web site.
Is the Cold Hardy Avocado grafted?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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: Grown outdoors, the Cold Hardy Avocado can grow into a nice-sized tree 20-30 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide, though it can be kept pruned smaller for easier harvesting and maintenance. Grown in a pot, it will be naturally much smaller, and can be kept to 6-8 or so feet tall and 5-6 feet wide with a little pruning.
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.
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.
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

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the cultivar name for your cold hardy avocado?
Phillip K on Aug 31, 2018
I live in ZONE 7, what are your recommendations for Avocado Trees...?
LeeGee on Aug 29, 2018
is the avocado tree genetictly modified?
emerita h on Jul 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No none of our trees are genetically modified.
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.
How often do I water this plant in Winter and Summer?
mason j. on Oct 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 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.
Has anybody in Utah had this tree live and produce?
jgil6 on Sep 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm in Michigan. It is nw about 7' tall at 2 years and it produced 15 avocados this year
When is the best time to plant the avocado trees in growing zone 8, San Antonio, Texas?
Traci on Jul 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think spring I have to take mine indoors in fall. as I live in Utah. you may need to mist it as it is tropical and you have dry summers
Can avocado trees take 100 degrees weather?
Linda S on Jul 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We live near Reno, & have the trees in a 4 seasons room. The Cold Hardy Avocado is near our Haas Tree to pollinate each other. The room has been getting close to 90* this summer. The Haas definitely likes the hot weather better, but the CHA thrived in the 55* winter.
Winter is over, how to prepare for spring?
Dawn S on Apr 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I should have been more specific - I live in Wyoming, so my tree was in basement for winter. Hopefully .... went dormant and lost all leaves, etc. Is there a dormancy period for these trees? Any chance, or can I help to bring it back?
I live on the pan handle in Florida. My growing the zone is 8. I am new to this and wanted to know how long do I keep the tree in a pot? When is the right time to plant the tree?
David D on Apr 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would say Yes. Do so with a well draining soil I used Sugar sand for mu mound even tho it had regular dirt in it. the Plant needs a well drained base. Mi mound is 12- 14" HIGH ABOUT 4-5" AROUND. I have found that they will Die if over watered. I all so have been using a real light Fertilizer. They all so must bee protected from frost directly contacting them. I did use a fence around them this year in the freezing of Dec., Jan to date. to have a wind barrier of plastic Bed liner and hold the materials that I used Blankets and other wind resistant to water to shield them from cold. William Burger: 2 of 3 lived and the 1 is got a chance to regrow.

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