The Lula Avocado is an outstanding variety that produces medium-sized fruits that are between 8 and 18 ounces each, are pear-shaped, have glossy green skins, and rich, creamy flesh. Lula Avocados are considered to be of very fine eating quality, with a nutty taste that is very similar to a Hass Avocado but even smoother. The Lula Avocado Tree is thought to be a cross between a Mexican and Guatamalan Avocado, and it originated in Florida where it was first widely grown in the early 1900s.
Lula Avocado Trees are more cold-hardy than some of the more tropical varieties, and they can take temperatures down to 25ºF when mature and healthy. Lula Avocados can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 8 to 11. Lula Avocado Trees can also be grown in pots within Zones 4 to 11 if over-wintered indoors. Mature in-ground Lula Avodcado Trees can reach heights of 25 feet and widths of 20 feet. They like full sun, well drained soil, and grafted trees can make fruit within 3 to 5 years. Add a Lula Avodcado to your edible garden and harvest your own nutritious Avocados from your own tree.
Lula Avocado Tree Care
Lula Avocado Trees are valued for not only their tasty fruit, but also for their cold tolerance. For this reason they are widely grown in areas where other Avocados have died back due to harsh winters. When planting in the ground within USDA Zones 8 to 11, pick a spot with as much direct sun each day as possible. Be sure the soil drains well and prepare a hole that gives the new tree’s roots at least 8 inches of growing room on all sides. Backfill the hole with composted manure to create a level base so that the tree’s rootball surface is even with ground level. Position the new tree upright in the hole, backfill halfway with a mixture of 1-part soil and 1-part compost. Water the tree in, allow it to drain, then continue filling the hole with the same soil-compost mixture.
Clear the ground around the newly planted tree so that it is free from weeds and grass in a circle at least 6-feet from the tree base. Mulch with woodchips or leaves and do not fertilize until new growth appears. Water the new tree once per week or when soil is dry at a depth of 2-inches. Once the newly planted Lula Avodcado Tree begins to grow new leaves and stems, fertilize in early spring, early summer, and early fall using granulated Avocado and Citrus Fertilizer. Always water fertilizer in well. You can also add compost to the tree base at any time.
Fruit & Harvesting
Lula Avocado Trees grow medium-sized fruits that are from 8 to 18 ounces each when mature. Some fruits may grow even larger, depending on tree location and age. Even when ripe the fruits are bright green and shiny. Lulas are late-season Avocados, and their fruits are ready to harvest between October and December. Lula Avocados are A-Type bloomers, so pair with a B-Type (or a Brogdon/Brogden Avocado which is both A and B) for best results. However, in areas such as South Florida where Avocado Trees are common, it is likely that a single Lula Avocado Tree will produce fruit, while being pollinated by neighboring trees.
Pick Lula Avodcados starting in mid October and do a taste test. Let the fruit soften for a few days then try it. The flesh should be yellow and fade into green at the edges. The flavor should be smooth, nutty, and mellow. If the flesh is dry, or bitter, wait another week and test a second fruit. Once the largest harvested fruits soften and have a good taste, others of the same size can be harvested as you need them. The best place to store Lula Avodcados is growing on the tree and with carful harvesting you can expect to have Avocados until mid to late December.
If you live in an area where freezing winters are normal, or if you are limited on yard space, you can grow your Lula Avodcado Tree in a pot. The goal is to end up with a Lula Avodcado Tree growing in a 17-gallon or larger pot, but do not plant a small tree in such a large container right away. For the best tree and root health, repot the existing tree into a pot that gives the rootball about 3 or 4 inches of growing room on all sides. Use pots with drainage holes and potting soil with perlite. Reduce fertilizer to half of the recommended in-ground amounts, and place potted trees in as much direct sulight as possible.
Repot into larger pots every spring until you reach the largest size pot. As you repot into each successive pot, do not overburry the rootball surface. Leave a few inches of space at the top of the pot for watering. Water when the potted tree surface soil is dry down to 2-inches and always let the water fully drain. If growing outside and overwintering indoors expect some leaves to drop with each move. This is normal and new leaves will regrow to replace fallen ones.
How Cold Hardy is the Lula Variety of Avocado Tree?
The Lula Avocado Tree is a cold hardy variety. Mature trees can survive temperatures as low as 25ºF, and in some cases even lower. Freezing can damage leaves, limbs, blooms, and fruit.
Are Lula Avocado Fruits good quality?
Lula Avocados are medium sized fruits that are shiny, green, and pear-shaped. The flesh is yellow, creamy, and has a pleasant, nutty flavor. They are considered a very high-quality avocado.
Is the Lula Avocado Tree the same as the Lila Avocado Tree?
No. They may have similar names, but the Lula Avocado Tree is not the same as the Lila Avocado Tree. The Lula Avocado grows a larger tree than the smaller, semi-dwarf Lila Avocado Tree. The Lila fruits ripen earlier, from August to October. Grow both to have Avocados for nearly half the year.
Can I grow a Lula Avocado Tree in a pot?
Yes you can grow a Lula Avocado Tree in a container that has holes for drainage and is placed in full sun, or at least 6 hous of sunlight, each day. Overwinter indoors if freezing weather is expected.