The Mexicola Avocado Tree is a high-quality avocado that is cold-hardy and vigorous. The fruit is shiny and matures to a purple-black color with pale yellow-green flesh that has a nutty flavor. The skin is somewhat thin and the seeds are large, smooth, and remove easily when preparing.
Mature Mexicola Avocado Trees are known to be cold hardy down to 18 degrees F. They can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 8 to 11, or in a large container in colder areas and moved indoors during freezing months. Mexicola Avocados are a medium to large fruit, growing to sizes of between five and seven ounces. The Mexicola Avocado Tree grows to 25 to 30 feet tall and 25 feet wide when grown in the ground in ideal conditions. This tree can also be pruned to smaller sizes.
Avocado Tree Care
Mexicola Avocado Trees should be planted on a raised mound, 2 feet above the base soil, with a flat top and shallow (4 to 5 inches deep) water basin defined by a ridge at the mound edges. First build the mound using rich, well draining soil and compact using sprinkled water. Allow the mound to drain, then plant the new tree in the center. Water thoroughly once or twice per week for the first few months.
Mexicola Avocado Trees like to have the ground under them mulched to prevent excessive weeds or grass from growing up to the trunk. They prefer direct sunlight, so choose a location that gives the tree at least six hours of sun per day. A Mexicola Avocado Tree will grow in a shaded area, but it will take much longer to reach a mature size, and will produce fewer fruit than a tree in a sunny location. Do not plant an avocado tree in a spot prone to flooding, or long periods of soggy soil, such as a ditch bank or pond shore.
Fruit & Harvesting
Mexicola Avocados reach a mature size of between 4 and 7 ounces. The skin is dark purple to black, shiny, smooth, and thin. The flesh is creamy, yellow-green, and has an excellent rich flavor. Like other avocado trees, the Mexicola Avocado will bloom thousands of flowers, with a few hundred of those setting fruit.
The fruit of the Mexicola Avocado Tree is ready for harvest in September. When the first signs of the skin turning purple or black appear, you can begin trying these avocados. Once the fruits have smoothed and become mostly black/purple they will soften to eating readiness upon picking. Harvest by hand or with an avocado/mango picking basket on a pole to reach higher fruit.
The Mexicola Avocado Tree does best in full sun in a location that has good airflow. This greatly reduces the instances of fungi that can live on leaves and new growth, and affect bloom health. Always remove any dead branches and discard them away from the tree. Spraying once a year in late winter with a fungicide can help trees that may have shown signs of fungi growth in the past.
Avocado trees need plenty of water when they are starting out. Be sure to water once per week or more in the tree’s first year in the ground. However, the soil must drain well, and you should not water an avocado tree that has damp soil at the base. Mulch with leaves or other organic mulch and do not allow excessive weeds or grass to cover the ground under the tree.
Do Mexicola Avocado Trees need to be fertilized?
Yes. Avocado trees bloom thousands of flowers and produce hundreds of avocados. They also need healthy leaves, sturdy branches, and a vigorous root system. All of these things require nutrition, and the best way to provide it is with a fertilizer formulated for avocados.
What is the fruit of a Lila Avocado Tree like?
Mexicola Avocado Trees do well in the ground in USDA Zones 8 to 11. Mature specimens of this avocado variety can withstand temperatures as low as 18 degrees F. Young trees may need more protection from severe cold.
I have heard avocados are high in fat. Are they bad for you?
Avocados have varying oil contents, and are actually high in monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, and increase HDL (good) cholesterol in the blood system. Avocados are also low in carbohydrates, and rich in vitamins and minerals, making them a nutrient-dense food.
Does my Mexicola Avocado Tree need a pollinator?
Mexicola Avocado Trees are flower-type A. They can produce fruit as a single tree, particularly in areas where other avocado trees are common. Pairing this tree with a flower-type B avocado tree can increase yields.