Grow Avocados Anywhere in the Country
Avocados have boomed in popularity the last few years. Now, everyone wants to grow their own... but most avocado trees only survive in tropical climates.
However, we have secured a limited amount of Cold-Hardy Avocado Trees that can grow anywhere in the country. They are able to tolerate temperatures as low as 20 degrees!
Easily Grown Anywhere in the US as a Potted Tree
This plant makes the perfect patio tree. Just pot it up in a container. When temperatures dip during the winter, bring your tree indoors. It will continue to grow and produce tons of fruit. Grow this popular and great-tasting avocado in your home garden, orchard or as a patio plant instead of buying them at the grocery store!
A Tasty Way to Get Your Vitamins
Avocados are extremely healthy, packed with nutrients (vitamins A, B-6, C, E, niacin, folate, magnesium and riboflavin) and are sodium and cholesterol free. They contain 60% more potassium than bananas and are high in oleic acid, which is proven to reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol. They are great in salads, sandwiches and wonderful in a guacamole dip.
The Best Avocados Are the Ones You Grow Yourself
The difference in taste between home-grown and store-bought avocados is like night and day. There's just so much more flavor in the fruit you grow yourself. A single tree can produce up to 30 pounds of fruit a year. It's self-pollinating, too... no need to pair up with another variety to get fruit, though you will get a higher yield if you do.
If you do get just one tree, here's a tip to increase fertilization: Just brush the open flowers each day with a paint brush or cotton ball. (Once you do, you will see the pollen residue on the brush.) The next day, brush all of the flowers with the same brush or cotton ball to pollinate your tree. After a few days, the flowers will drop and you should have a few little avocados set.
It is sometimes called the year-round avocado because of its long harvest season. To extend the harvest, store fruit for up to six weeks in cool temperatures. The fruit matures on the tree but ripens after it is picked, so delay picking and store in a cool place to provide avocados almost all year.
Combine ripe fruit with lime juice, minced onion, fresh cilantro, a little bit of cayenne pepper and diced tomatoes for a nice guacamole dip!