AVOCADO TREES-“Lila” cold hardy Zone 8a
Avocados should be planted on high
They need adequate water but need
good drainage. Tropical broadleaf but
will not tolerate wet soggy soil.
- They need adequate water but need good drainage. Tropical broadleaf but will not tolerate wet soggy soil.
- Trees need to be in a raised bed or mounded. Over time mound the ground around the trees so it covers the graft so that if a bad freeze occurs the plant can come back from "Varietal Wood" instead of from the rootstock.
The trees “will” need to be
protected from the cold for two to three years. As the tree matures, the
green bark on the trunk will begin to turn brown.
Start fertilizing young trees after
one year of growth, using a balanced fertilizer such as 8-8-8 twice
It is also recommended to protect
young avocado trees from direct sun for the first year.
One option is to paint the green
trunk and main branches with a whitewash.
You can also drape them with a shade
cloth or light burlap sack over a wooden or PVC frame a foot or two above the
The trees should begin to bear fruit
within 2 – 3 years. 3-5 Gal trees bear some
fruit now in the pot
Joey, Lila, Lula, Fantastic, and Arizona are
just some of the cold hardy examples now 14-18 degrees
All avocados are self-fertile but
produce larger and more fruit if cross-pollinated, can grow to 30 feet at maturity or 10-15 feet in a large pot, but all can be cut back to desired height. Remember fruit comes on new growth.