Planting A Haas Avocado Tree

Q: We have successfully grown Meyer lemons and satsuma oranges on the south side of our home. We want to plant a Haas avocado tree. What are your thoughts?

A: ‘Hass’ avocado has a bit more cold tolerance than some avocado varieties but temperatures below freezing can be quite damaging. I’m sure Ben Hill county occasionally has freezing temperatures. It will take several years for a young tree to begin producing fruit. If you are really careful to protect your avocado with a tarp when cold weather approaches, it is worth a try, but I would not wager money on your success.