When will my avocado tree have fruit?

When will my avocado tree produce fruit? 

“I’ve got an avocado tree in the backyard and it still hasn’t produced any fruit. It’s 5 years old now and it looks good but it just doesn’t have any avocados. When can I expect to get fruit from the tree?”

I get asked this question so often and I always feel bad as I know you have been patiently waiting and anticipating the first fruit and I have to answer and say that it’s pretty unlikely that the tree will ever have any fruit.

All our trees come from grafted seedlings, which means a tree that produces well has been grafted on to a rootstock tree which is the base so that you can be guaranteed to get a good producing tree.

It takes about 4-5 years for an avo tree to start producing fruit anyway so it’s certainly not a short term thing even with a proper seedling.

So if you really want to grow your own tree at home, the best thing to do is go to a local garden centre and buy a grafted seedling. People also often say “do I need to have two trees to get fruit, and the answer is no, but if you have two trees you will increase your chances of getting more fruit.

The reason for this is that avocado trees actually have male and female flowers on the same plant. Lots of peopel think that you have to have two trees, a male and a female but this is not the case as a single tree can have both male and femal flowers – how cool is that?! The tree’s flowers can open up as male one day then close that night and open up as a female the next day! The only condition is we need nice warm nights for this to happen – 3 nights over 10C in fact, otherwise the female flowers don’t open. Aren’t trees amazing!

So while it might be fun to grow you own plant form seed inside for a while and watch it grow, it’s not going to be the answer to your avocado spending wows. If you really want to grow some avos, head to the nursery and buy a seedling. It is fun to grow you own plant from seed though in a jar on the window ledge and the kids will love it but just don’t expect it to save you from having to buy avos in the future – just keep buying them from us ;).

I’d love to hear if you’ve had any success growing avocados from seed or if you are still waiting!