How Long Does It Take For An Avocado Tree To Bear Fruit?

Ossiana Tepfenhart
by Ossiana Tepfenhart

Millennials are known for their love of avocado toast as well as their love of gardening. It comes as no surprise, then, that many of us are now looking at growing our own avocado trees in hopes of getting a steady influx of avocados for breakfast. Of course, this is only doable in the warmer regions of the United States, and even then, it can take a while for avocado trees to bear fruit.

An avocado tree can bear fruit at 5-13 years if you plant it as a seed. Your avocado tree may bear fruit within 3-5 years if you purchased it from a professional plant nursery. Avocado trees thrive at 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit and in zones 9-11 where they fruit more easily.

If you were hoping for a way to get fast fruit, it’s clear that planting an avocado isn’t going to be it. Despite this, you might still want to give growing your own avocado tree a shot. (Hey, Tom Selleck does it, so it can’t be that bad, right?) Curious about growing your own avocados? Here’s what you should be aware of…

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How Do You Make An Avocado Tree Grow Fruit?

Believe it or not, avocado trees don’t grow fruit on their own. To be able to grow fruit, their blossoms need to be pollinated by another tree. If there are no other avocado trees nearby, the fruit won’t grow and you won’t get anything. This is why most avocado tree owners have more than one tree.

Thankfully, growers don’t have to hand-pollinate their trees. Having the right insects around will do it for you. Of course, that’s just one of the two major struggles that avocado tree owners face. The other issue is getting the tree to maturity.

How Long Do You Have To Wait For An Avocado Tree To Bear Fruit?

The amount of time that you need to wait for an avocado tree can vary greatly depending on tree type as well as how you get the tree in the first place. Here’s what you need to know about maturation:

  • If you choose to grow your tree from a seed, it can take up to 13 years for your avocado tree to be old enough to bear fruit. Some tree species are able to mature faster at around five years of age, but this isn’t the norm.
  • If you choose to buy a tree from a nursery, you might be able to see fruit within three to four years of buying it. This is because the trees have already been planted and growing for a white.
  • You can’t really rush an avocado tree’s maturation. Anecdotally, though, people claim that fertilizer can help.

Can Any Avocado Tree Pollinate Another Avocado Tree?

They can, but most growers choose to have different types of avocado trees to max out their avocado yield. Avocado trees come in two types: A and B. Type A trees open female in the morning and male during the afternoon. Type B trees bloom opposite: male in the morning and female in the afternoon.

Planting an A and B tree together will yield higher levels of fruit than planting them alone. It also will help you bear more fruit than two type As or two type Bs.

What Conditions Allow Avocado Trees To Bear Fruit?

Along with needing pollination to occur and maturity to arise, you also need to have the right conditions to make the avocado bear fruit. This means that you will need to do the following:

  • Grow the avocado trees in zones 9 through 11. This is the optimal area for avocado trees to bloom. Optimal fruit-bearing takes place between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Prolonged heat or cold can cause fruit drop.
  • Water your tree two to three times per week. It’s important not to over or under-water your avocado tree.
  • Stick to a strict fertilizer routine. When your tree is five, add a pound of nitrogen to the soil during the winter. Younger trees will need regular fertilizer six times per year. The total amount of fertilizer added per year should be 3 pounds for a year-old tree, 5 for a two-year-old tree, 7 for a three-year-old tree, and so on, until you get to 20 pounds.
  • Apply nutritional spray during the late summer. This helps give the tree enough nutrition to bear fruit.

Are Avocado Trees Easy To Grow?

There are plenty of plants that are known for being hardy, but avocado trees aren’t one of them. Avocados are a fairly demanding plant that won’t grow in colder areas and require an unusually high amount of water just so that they can stay alive. Extremely fertile soil is a must, as is keeping a careful eye to prevent pests and disease from killing your tree.

People who love a challenge might want to give growing an avocado tree a shot. However, it can still prove to be a hassle if you’re hoping to get fruit.

How Can You Tell If An Avocado Tree Will Bear Fruit?

This can be tricky, because flowers alone don’t necessarily mean that you’ll get fruit. A typical avocado tree will bear around over a million flowers per year but might only bear around 200 pieces of fruit.

To find out if an avocado tree will bear fruit, you’re going to have to check the flowers. The flowers themselves will only bloom from January to March, and then only stay open for two days.

After the flower blooms, check behind the flowers to see if a small bump has started to grow. If you see a bump, then you can expect that to grow into an avocado!

How Much Fruit Does A Typical Avocado Tree Produce?

This depends on pollination and growing conditions. It’s possible for a mature tree to skip a year in avocado production, but usually, you can expect around 200 to 300 avocados to grow per year. If you’re really lucky, it is possible to get as many as 500 avocados from a single tree.

When Can You Pick Avocados?

Unlike most other fruits, avocados don’t ripen on the tree. They have to be pulled off before they can soften. This means that picking your fruit can be a little tricky since it’s not always obvious when the avocados are ready to pick. To determine if your avocados are ready, pick a couple and leave them on your counter.

If the avocados shrivel or get a rubbery texture, throw them out and keep waiting. If your avocados start to soften, the tree is ready to harvest. Once they’re ready to harvest, you can expect them to ripen within seven to 21 days. To ripen your avocados faster, place them in a brown paper bag with bananas.

Not sure whether you should try to grab an avocado? Check the breed. Hass avocados are the most common avocado trees in America, and they usually start to ripen in February and maintain their ripeness through September.

How Do You Make An Avocado Tree Bear Fruit Faster?

Avocado trees can be encouraged to grow fruit by fertilizing them. Fertilizer should be applied six times per year, roughly every two months, to young trees, and four times per year to trees four years and older.

What Fertilizer Is Best For Avocado Trees?

Avocados require nitrogen first and foremost, as well as a small amount of zinc. You can use citrus tree fertilizer as an avocado fertilizer, or you can go organic and use compost, coffee, fish emulsion, and other natural ingredients.

Avocados grow well in USDA zones 9b to 11, where the soil is generally nutrient-rich enough to support the fruit.

Will A Potted Avocado Tree Bear Fruit?

When growing avocados in containers, don’t anticipate fruit. Cool evenings are required for indoor plants to bloom and fruit. It can take up to ten years for them to reach the fruiting stage. If you do get fruit, it won’t taste as nice as those made commercially from rootstocks.

What Age Do Avocado Trees Flower?

A grafted tree can take up to four years to fruit well, while a tree produced from a pit can take up to twelve years to fruit well.

When an avocado tree fails to bloom, all you can think about is the delicious fruits you could be eating if the problem could be fixed.

Why Isn’t My Avocado Tree Bearing Fruit?

During the flowering cycle, a mature avocado tree can produce over a million blooms, the majority of which fall to the ground without forming fruit.

Self-pollination occurs when an avocado tree’s pollen is compatible with itself and capable of fertilizing its own blossoms.

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Related Questions

Why are my avocados small and elongated?

When an avocado flower doesn’t get properly pollinated, the avocado that grows will be smaller and elongated. Often called “fingerling avocados” or cukes, these avocados are still deemed safe to eat and don’t have a different flavor.

What pests tend to eat avocado trees?

The biggest pests attracted to avocado trees include amorbia, the Avocado Brown Mite, Persea Mites, Avocado Thrips, and Sixspotted Mites. As far as the fruit itself goes, you also should keep an eye out for Avocado Worms which can bore into the fruit as well as the fruit’s leaves.

Can you grow avocados in the cold?

Avocados do not do well in the cold, and can easily die if left exposed to freezing temperatures for prolonged periods of time.

Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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