With varieties that can tolerate temperatures below 20°F, homeowners in areas that include parts of USDA Hardiness Zone 8 can enjoy the taste of fresh avocados from their own trees. Then, place your Avocado Tree, backfill the soil and water to settle the roots. It’s been reported that this tree was frozen back to the major limbs when 7°F temperatures hit in the 1980s. The Go-To Avocado Tree for Cold Climates Why Cold Hardy Avocado Trees? On of my favorite fast growers in actually a shrub, Bottle Brush. This variety is sometimes sold as ‘Fantastic,’ but it is not always the same cultivar. Very few avocados that are not of the Mexican type will survive in a winter cold climate such as Zone 8 or 9b or lower. However, you’ll want to irrigate during dry spells in the winter. If you can please get in touch with me I would be so grateful for any tips. In contrast, if your tree is in a windy area, it will be more sensitive to freezing, which can cause the fruit and leaves to drop. Of the three subspecies (more on this later) of avocado, the least commonly grown one – the Mexican variety – has a number of cultivars that can tolerate frosts. And this one is commercially available! In your zone I would expect an avocado to frost to the ground every year. We are so glad that you found the article helpful. Background: I am a complete novice … Now that she lives near Santa Barbara, California, she is delighted that many of these grow right outside! They should be able to answer your question there. You need to eat them as soon as they are ready. I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Trees of this cultivar are vigorous growers. “Del Rio’ fruits on the tree. She transitioned to full-time writing in 2009. good useful info thank you. Most varieties of this group can handle cold snaps down to around 18°F. But with their high oil content, they taste exceptionally good. COPYRIGHT © 2020 ASK THE EXPERTS LLC. Their number is 561-358-8566. I wish you the best with this new gardening endeavor.… Read more ». I highly recommend selecting natives trees with the help of your local Extension Office for your county. These trees grow well in Southern California in USDA zones 9 & 10 as well as Sunset zones 19 through 24. I’ve been told that some of the… Read more ». If so, let us know where you live and share your experience with us in the comments. Hi Scott, I’m sorry to hear about your fig tree. That is exciting that you have a Mexican avocado orchard! The gentleman I spoke to was very nice, but he didn’t know the status of the nursery. I must watch too many commercials, but do avocados grow in zone 9? Therefore, avocados have a fickle root system that responds poorly to root disturbance (so be careful when you plant them) and they won't tolerate "hard going" (such as rock, compacted soil, or dry clay) or prolonged periods of low oxygenated sticky wet soil. Strangely, they call them ranches in the states. The pear-shaped fruits have green skins and pale, dense flesh and range from 6-12 ounces each. These trees can tolerate a hard freeze, but they are not as tolerant of long periods of cold temperatures as the pure Mexican varieties. I have a friend with a Hass avocado ranch on the central coast of California who has an irrigation system that she can operate from home via the internet when there is a hard freeze. Could you… Read more ». The name ‘Lila’ came from a large commercial nursery that propagated this variety and renamed it. What would you suggest as the best tree? How exciting that the pit is ready to plant! I have a fig tree which I started from cutting 25 years ago. I think we are a Zone 5. Is it by an open body of water? One of Helga George’s greatest childhood joys was reading about rare and greenhouse plants that would not grow in Delaware. I have two seedling trees about 8 years old that have finally fruited. These have smooth, green fruit and are quite different from the Hass variety. However, I am not an expert on figs. 9b is about as avocado tree friendly as you can get. I’m looking to set up an avocado farm in Pakistan, Islamabad. Try to plant your tree in a sheltered location if you live in a particularly windy area. The will also grow well in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Hass avocado tree: Scientific Name: Persea americana ‘Hass’ Family: Lauraceae: Zone: 9-11 outdoors, can be grown indoors in zones 4-11 in container: Height & Spread: Up to 7′ tall in container. After planting, water in well, and fill in the soil as you water. A moderate oil content gives them a rich, creamy flavor. Read more articles about Zone 9, 10 & 11. Hi Johan, Avocado trees fall into one of three possible subspecies: West Indian, Guatemalan, or Mexican. I wish you the best in your efforts. Bonus is that hummingbirds and butterflies love it. Unless your niece's yard is an acre, avocado tree is all she will have. I try to avoid Miracle Grow soil, because I like to have control over fertilizing. Mango trees in zone 9 - 8 ? Many of the warmer zones in the United States are too dry for avocado growing. No, it doesn’t taste anything like bacon, it is named after James Bacon from California, who first cultivated it in 1954. You will find Joey trees. Some of those varieties Cold Hardy to 15°F when mature. A Natural Farm grows grafted avocado trees in large numbers from small 3 gallon sizes to large specimens. Re: Brogdon Avocado Tree Doing Well In Zone 9 « Reply #8 on: May 18, 2015, 06:18:52 PM » Covered all the tree With The Planket I did loose some leaves , But Came back like a champ in spring time , I can see that its a vigorous grower .. What should I do to fix this issue? These avocado trees are crosses of the Mexican with either the Guatemalan or West Indian subspecies. Even if you have a frost tolerant tree, you should take steps to keep it warm on very cold nights. Mango can be the same, but it needs to be realistic how cold they would be able to endure. That is so exciting that you will be setting up an avocado farm! Archived. I can call her to find out where she got her trees from. I have no experience in setting one up, but a friend of mine has an avocado farm and grows Hass avocados. You have two options for planting an avocado. They might have cultivars… Read more », The “May” avocado is identical to the “Joey” avocado, which I was able to confirm with Bill Schneider, who originally cultivated it, but no longer has that tree, and had mostly forgotten until I bothered him to recall “May”, which he named after a little girl, who came up and said, “Hi, my name is Mayella”, when he was in Uvalde to gather cuttings from the same renowned tree that “Joey” Ricers found there and propagated. Hi Miriam, Thank you so much! And the variety Pryor is originally from a tree in Del Rio. That’s so kind of you to take the time to say. These hybrids are best grown in Zone 9 or higher. I’ve also been told that there are nurseries in the Houston area that carry the cold tolerant varieties, but I don’t have any phone numbers for you. ‘Haas’ is a nice pick – you can find more information about where to purchase this variety as well as additional growing tips in our guide. Brazos Citrus Nursery in Texas produced a genetic clone of ‘Wilma’ and later changed the name to their own trademark ‘Brazos Belle.’. I live near zone 7 and 8 and I’ve already stared to grow an avocado tree from the pit. How to Care for Your Avocado Tree in Pots (Tips #6-9) Tip #6 – Water at the Correct Time. Mature avocado trees only need watering every other week and often even less, but when they are young, be sure to water them deeply once a week. Because they contain less oil, some people don’t find them as tasty. Avocado trees (Persea americana) are notorious for being susceptible to cold. I have a full sun spot, and I'm willing to wait a few years for fruit. I even called the Devine Chamber of Commerce to ask if they knew if the nursery is still in business. GARDENER'S PATH® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF ASK THE EXPERTS LLC. Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! West Indies avocados are more commonly found growing in Florida, as they are the most salt tolerant and least cold hardy. Thank you! ‘Wilma’ originated in Texas, from cuttings taken from a large tree growing in a backyard in Pearsall. ‘Del Rio’ was trademarked as ‘Pryor’ by cold-hardy avocado specialist Bill Schneider, who owns Devine Avocados in Texas. ‘Bacon’ produces medium-sized, oval fruits with a large seed and shiny green skin – and a buttery, creamy texture. how can I do? It’s also prolific, with a 5-year-old tree able to produce around 60 kilos of fruit. Most Avocado Trees cannot tolerate any frost, or at the most temperature down to around 280F. According to The Southern Living Garden Book, "Plants bloom in late winter, and pollination is complex.Most types will produce some fruit if grown alone, but production is heavier when two or more selections are planted. Avocados do not like boggy soil, so select an area for your tree with well-draining soil. The cold hardy varieties can grow in partial shade, but they prefer full sun. If you do an advanced Google search with the words “avocado” “nursery” and “Spain,” you can pull them up. They can tolerate temperatures down to about 25°F, but they won’t be happy. There don’t seem to be any good tips out there unless one of the experts writes in with one. See our TOS for more details. I have a 5-year-old Mexicola Grande that has 5 avocados for the first time, maybe because I also planted a Hass. An avocado tree can grow to around 9 meters tall and is an ideal specimen tree, space permitting. With thin, glossy black skin, the fruit from the ‘Mexicola Grande’ variety is easy to peel, with a delicate flavor. These trees require well-draining soil that does not get waterlogged, so try to find a site on higher ground or on a slight incline for planting. This cultivar appears to be the most cold tolerant – and the most fabulous tasting – type of the Mexican subspecies. Many of them are quite tasty and have the added benefit of being cold tolerant. It is possible to grow avocados in the United States in certain conditions. Thank you for all this information! I’m in the central valley of CA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. All of the ones that are in commercial production and most backyard examples are from grafted stock. This year some branches are having leaves curled on edges. 2. Avocados can be grown in areas with surprisingly poor soil. I spoke to the gentlemen there in late June, but he was thinking of cutting his Pryor tree down! Sign up for our newsletter. 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