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Hass Avocado Trees for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

Persea americana 'Hass'

Persea americana 'Hass' trees are native to Mexico and easy to grow outdoors and indoors. A healthy, mature tree can easily reach 25 to 30 feet tall. Here are some other things to consider about these evergreen trees: 

  • 'Hass' avocado trees may bear fruit within the first two to three years.
  • Avocados can grow naturally in warm regions but can also be houseplants.
  • Most commercial 'Hass' avocados are grown in California and Latin America.
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  • 1-Year Warranty Eligible
  • Pots or accessories are not included unless specified in the product options.
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Plant Care

Sunlight

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Needs six hours or more of sunlight per day. When indoors, supply an indirect light.

Watering

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Water about three to four times per week. At maturity, water once weekly.

Fertilizing

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Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for this plant. But a general purpose fertilizer works in most cases.

Planting instructions

by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on January 11, 2022

Sunlight is one of the most important considerations for your ‘Hass’ avocado tree. The more light that reaches the leaves, the more productive and healthy the tree will be. If possible, find a spot sheltered from high winds. Avocado trees like it warm. Anything lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit can kill your tree, but the tree can get scorched when it is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. These conditions can also reduce its fruiting capacity.

Choose an area with rich, well-draining soil, preferably on the loamy or sandy side. Compost and organic matter will help retain moisture as well as nourish the tree. Avocado trees prefer soil with pH levels of 6.5 and lower. It is a good idea to test your soil and amend it accordingly.

Dig a hole approximately one foot deep and three feet in diameter. Amend the soil with good compost or rotted manure and soil lighteners if needed. Make a mound in the center of the hole and place the tree on top with the roots spread out around it. Backfill halfway and water deeply. When the water has drained, fill the hole until it’s even with the surrounding soil. Water again. Build a six-inch layer of mulch around the tree, leaving a clear area about six inches from the base.

Watering and nutrients

It is not uncommon for a newly planted ‘Hass’ avocado tree to need water three or four times a week. Avocado trees require regular, heavy watering to produce fruit. A fully grown, fruiting ‘Hass’ avocado tree can drink up to 20 gallons in a day during a dry, hot spell. They will not tolerate drought conditions or sitting in soggy soil. It is ideal for the soil to remain moist consistently.

Fertilizing your new avocado tree isn’t necessary. Although monthly doses of nitrogen from March to October are beneficial once your tree is a bit older. As it matures, you will want to begin a regular feeding schedule. Avocados require a lot of nutrients for overall growth and fruit development. Feed small monthly doses from spring to fall. Stop fertilizing between November and February.

Pollination

Avocado trees flower from February to May. ‘Hass’ avocado trees are self-pollinating. Their flowers are female when they open the first morning and remain so until they close that afternoon. The next morning, those same flowers open up as pollen-producing males. Type B trees open as females the first afternoon and reopen early the following day as males.

‘Hass’ avocado trees will produce fruit with only one tree in the area. However, adding a Type B variety will increase production and harvest for both trees. With their flowers’ different opening times, the chance of cross-pollination increases. Bees and other beneficial pollinators also help with the process.

Pruning

Shaping and controlling the tree’s height are the main reasons to prune your ‘Hass’ avocado. The removal of dead or diseased branches is the other. Encourage your avocado to grow out instead of up by trimming only the tallest branch tips. Don’t do any pruning from February to November. The tree is an evergreen and won’t lose its leaves, but will go dormant from December to January.

Pests and diseases

Ants, leafroller worms, mealybugs, mites, and thrips are common pests that plague avocados. Releasing ladybugs and applying neem oil are two of the best natural weapons you can use against them. You can also place pieces of wide sticky tape around the tree trunk to keep the ants out of the branches.

Black streak, cankers, and rot are some of the diseases that you may also encounter. A fungus called phytophthora is responsible for most of these disease breakouts. It spreads by watering, so use preventative measures. Keep the branches, leaves, and trunk dry, and make sure your soil is draining well. Root rot can happen quickly.

Harvesting

California avocado trees may bloom from late winter into early summer. Harvest begins as early as February and goes into September. Choose one of the largest fruits and let it sit on the counter until it softens. Avocado fruit is unusual because they ripen once they are off the tree. If left on the tree overlong, the oil inside becomes rancid, and the fruit falls off the tree.

FAQs

How long will it take my 'Hass' avocado tree to bear fruit?

Expect your tree to produce fruit about three or four years after planting. Container-grown trees may take a few years longer. If grown from seed, it may take up to 13 years before the tree reaches maturity.

Can I grow a 'Hass' avocado tree in a container?

Avocado trees do well in appropriately-sized containers with good drainage. Choose a pot that gives your tree plenty of room to stretch its roots. Use rich, well-draining soil and keep it evenly moist. Place your container in the sunniest place you can find. It may be necessary to move your plant around as the light changes with the seasons.

How do I keep my avocado tree small?

Your 'Hass' avocado tree can grow to about seven feet tall if conditions are right, even in a container. Keep it small with proper and well-timed pruning, as noted above. The tree will still provide you with ample produce as long as its needs are met. Reducing the amount of nitrogen you give this tree can also help you slow its growth.

What are the other names for the avocado tree?

Its botanical name is Persea americana but the avocado fruit has several other names. It is also called an aguacate, ahuacatl, alligator pear, avocado pear, and butter pear. Whichever name it goes by, the 'Hass' variety is responsible for over three-fourths of the avocados sold in the world.

Are avocados toxic?

While avocados are known to be safe for cats and humans, they can be harmful to birds, dogs, livestock, and rodents. Persin is a toxin found in all parts of the avocado tree.

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Customer Reviews

Anonymous
Verified Buyer May 12, 2021 at 12:52am
ratingLove my avacado tree

The tree is great .

Anonymous
Verified Buyer January 5, 2021 at 9:03pm
ratingHappy Avocado

Excellent experience. Beautiful healthy trees delivered quickly and packaged very well

Anonymous
Verified Buyer November 9, 2020 at 1:40pm
ratingcome on guacamole

The tree came packaged well, and I planted it the same day. It seems to be doing well. Can't wait for it to produce.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer July 30, 2020 at 8:57pm
ratingSlow start, but excited to see it start making some progress

I really liked the tree, but it hasn't acclimated very quickly. Finally starting to see some new growth after a month.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer June 11, 2020 at 10:58pm
ratingGreat plant

Received all plants in great condition. Recommended to all.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer June 3, 2020 at 3:41am
ratingThe Hass arrived healthy and

The Hass arrived healthy and has transplanted well. The Cold Hardy was scraggly from being grown without enough space and was folded over on top but is recovering well after transplanting.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer May 15, 2020 at 8:16am
ratingExcited

So this company has been amazing. FedEx delivered my trees to someone else, no questions asked they mailed me out new ones. One of the ones I received is cracked in half, we agreed that I would plant it and if in 3 weeks it doesn't take they will send me another. Yes kinda a pain, but all of this is at no extra charge to me. They have been on top of it and very pleasant to talk to, even calling me the next day to see how things were. Will be buying more from them.

Anonymous
Verified Buyer May 10, 2019 at 5:22pm
ratingpositive feedback.

The avocado trees you bought look good, but you can only give a full review after the fruits appear.

Mature height
15-20 ft.
Mature width
5-8 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full-Partial
Growth rate
Fast
Botanical name
Persea americana 'Hass'
Shipping exclusions
AZ
Grows Well In Zones
4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(hardy down to -10°F)
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