In an older trial in San Diego County where the trees were planted at high density and pruned to eight feet tall each year, Hass also outproduced Lamb. Thanks . Thanks for your very detailed and personal experience Greg, it’s very helpful, may God Bless you. Not for your sake, but for your avocados, I hope that there’s some humidity during those days of 44 degrees C and above! (See my post, “Avocado leaves turning brown? The flesh is a pale green colour with a creamier consistency than the more common Hass and it has a slightly nutty and creamy taste. Lamb trees will spread wider than ten feet, but they can be kept to within ten feet easily through yearly pruning. In a hot place like Corona, or where I live in Ramona, I’d try to leave an avocado tree’s skirt down to the ground. This makes sense because Lamb is not a Hass, not even half a Hass. But the color of the flesh is optimal, with a rich yellow in the center fading to green toward the peel. My former coworker used to bring them into the office and they were DELICIOUS. I agree that providing ample irrigation is key to getting avocados through high heat. Not sure if I want to let them hold any fruit though. What I’m wondering… In a winter like this, where there has been a long stretch of cool and rainy weeks, you would be running the risk of drowning your avocado tree and/or inviting the proliferation of root or crown rot organisms. You may have sold me on the Lamb Hass with this article. The most important consideration is how the fruit eats. I plan to plant it in the back corner of my yard that is surrounded by a block wall. This is a hopeful season right now, too, since the trees are starting to bloom. Thanks for any guidance you may have to offer. The mulch you’ve added is great. Then I would prune it to keep it to the size allocated in my yard. And it can be confusing because the fruit looks big and ready to pick even in the winter. I am will have Hass, Lamb Hass, Pinkerton, Ettinger and Reed. I’ve been experimenting this summer with watering my avocados daily when the temperature is over 95. Lamb-Hass is a cross between the traditional Hass Avocado and a Gwen (Dwarf) Avocado. Great to read your message. Another factor is alternate bearing. This is curious. Available Grafted LAMB HASS Avocado Variety, one of the best avocado variety. I have clay soil I mean “real clay” super sticky when wet and really hard when dry. But taste being subjective, what do others think about Lamb? Your climate may be too cold for this plant, SIGN-UP FOR DESIGN INSPIRATION AND UPDATES ON NEW PLANTS, 817 E. MONROVIA PLACEAZUSA, CALIFORNIA 91702-1385, LEGACY OUR STORY NURSERY LOCATIONS SUSTAINABILITY PRESS CAREERS INTERNSHIPS, FIND A MONROVIA PROFESSIONAL BECOME A MONROVIA PRO, CONTACT US FAQs RETURN POLICY SHIPPING INFO HOW TO ORDER ONLINE. The flesh of the Lamb's Hass avocado is a pale green colour with a creamier consistency than its more common Hass relative. Maybe not as rich and buttery as it should taste in the summertime, but definitely glad I didn’t throw it away after it fell off the tree. Logged zands. I planted it outside and it took off. In terms of heat and cold, I’ve found Lamb to also be possibly tougher than Hass. As I now have been reading through your blog, I think I realize we have really been in la-la land about our desire for a Holiday avocado and eventual fruit. The worst thing you can do is putting compost in the soil. And with avocados, it’s easy to gauge how you’ve watered through the summer once tip burn starts to show in fall, sometimes as early as September. Here’s why and what to do.”). Here is a video of how I water my avocado trees with such mini-sprinklers. Variedades de Mango Nature Tasty. But since my soil drains fast (as I imagine yours does), this would be hard to achieve. I’m in inland San Diego County, and my Lamb fruits have tasted good as early as May. It’s unlike most other avocado varieties. If you have blazing summer sun, partial shade is okay. The main reason for this is that compost continues to break down and this will cause your tree to sink over the years — depending on how much is put in the hole. Already have a Bacon and Stewart. Wish I put in a hass but moving forward I’m thinking I will try and graft a hass onto the lamb or maybe a B type flowering one. 1926 wurde sie in Kalifornien aus einem in Guatemala gezüchteten Samen gezüchtet. Thanks very much for your reply Greg. Planted it in October 2016, and 5 months later it was looking like it had lost its will to live – https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi1Pt2WjzCh/ I live in L.A. and have planted one Haas avocado tree. Based on something I read on your blog, should we have opted for another type and size/maturity of avocado plant–something that will bear fruit much more rapidly? A 5-gal sized plant would be about the largest I’d be able to physically manage. The lamb has held on but lost a lot of leaves while the edranol seemed to thrive, at least as compared to the others. I sympathize. Avocado trees have shallow root systems. I plan to keep it pruned to keep it small as you recomend. Lamb Hass Semi-Dwarf . Our avocados are responsibly sourced from California, Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia. It’s hard to wait for Lambs, but the earliest they will taste good is probably around May. Here’s why and what to do, “Can I grow an avocado tree in a small yard?”, “What is the best kind of avocado to grow?”, “What’s the best kind of avocado to grow?”, “How to plant and stake an avocado tree.”, “Grafting a pollenizer branch into your fruit tree.”. This is the first article I came across that notes its tendency to drop its fruit as a young tree. Now the edges of some of the leaves a turning brown and I don’t want to let it go until it dies. Lamb would not be a good companion for Holiday or Reed, however, as the harvest seasons are too similar. Reaches 15-20 ft. tall, 10-15 ft. wide; easily kept smaller with pruning. Required fields are marked *. Some people complain a lot about Lamb’s habit of dropping fruit, but I don’t think it’s a big deal because it sets so much fruit in the first place that it still holds a respectable crop until maturity. I use a spoon to scoop out my Lamb avocados. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. Seven year-old Hass crop . I wish I had found this before I purchased my mature lamb as my only tree. Lamb is, according to the patent, an open-pollinated Gwen seedling, meaning that Gwen was its mother and its father is unknown. 6830 Lamb Hass Avocado Suppliers Short on time? Avocado Hass - 24" Box $799.99 $449.00. Street Carrer del Comerç 4 Post office box 45 12550 | Almazora Castellón - Spain +34 964 97 51 04 . Lamb Hass is a smaller tree that bears more fruit and it matures later in the season than regular Hass avocados. Here is a video profile I made of the Lamb avocado fruit: Lamb comes from the University of California’s avocado breeding program and was patented in 1996. We’d like to graft it to grow our own avocados. They also about the same amount of Reeds there. Avocados need full sun with unobstructed light in cooler areas. I drilled holes around the bottom for drainage. The tree grows vertically as the Lamb and is more vigorous than the Hass. However, it does take 12 to 14 days to ripen after cutting off the tree. But yeah, May is looking like it’s my time to pick them. Your instincts are correct. I’ve heard of people in locations with milder summer temperatures or farther north holding their Lamb fruit almost until Christmas. I grew a Hass from seed and grafted from my existing Hass. (Read a narrative of the variety’s development as told by Bob Lamb’s son, John.). Could be that the tree doesn’t like the new soil medium. If you need any guidance on where to buy such a tree, please see this post: “Where to buy an avocado tree.”. Apply a thick layer of mulch to conserve moisture, avoiding the trunk. Part of the issue I think is the location and soil. The size of the seed is medium with an advantage of the pulp of 66-70%. I agree that there’s no need to put compost in the planting hole of an avocado tree (or any other tree), and it is a dangerous practice too. I wouldn’t dig up your soil, nor add beach sand. (See a summary of the trial results here.). What I’m curious about is how to prune it in an ongoing way. I have two Lambs, about the size of yours, planted in DG up in De Luz Heights and look very much the same, like the taco leaves. This will wet a larger volume of soil and make your tree somewhat more resilient if the system fails. Reading this article lessened my heartbreak when I saw the fruit on the ground on a clear and sunny windless day. Don’t even think about what anyone says about the ultimate size a variety might attain. I was thinking of sharing the budwood and was wondering what you would suggest. What you describe is normal. So it can be said that Lamb is a great-grandchild of Hass, a very distant relation. I've read this variety is ready to pick the fruit in late summer/fall. In it’s fourth year, it set 68 avocados. With a pear shape and its approximate weight is 280 - 320 grams. When we returned, we discovered that our drip system had failed at some point, and our tree looked awful. With my own trees, Lamb has alternated more than Hass also. Another thing I like about Lamb is its tolerance to our irrigation water in Southern California. We then bought another Holiday, but once again, the drip system failed and it died. Hass doesn’t tolerate these chlorides well. You’ll likely get more fruit and a longer harvest season from Hass. Most of the fruits sit on the ground. You said that by keeping your trees trimmed, you can manage to have even some of the bigger varieties in a relatively small yard. An easy way to tell when Lamb fruit is ready to pick is by skin color: if it’s black it’s ready. Great to know this. Have you visited any of the large avocado farms in the Limpopo province of South Africa? But if you don’t want to do much pruning, you could plant a Lamb and it would stay naturally smaller. I’ve been watering every third day during the current hot weather with about 20 gallons per tree. Which yards and situations would a Lamb tree suit? I am intending to start avocado production this year. If there’s a lot of tip burn, you’ve underwatered. But since Carmen is just a Hass with a couple quirks, maybe I’ll be able to write it sooner. I am in Australia (Sub Tropical) and have had a Wurtz in the ground for 16 years now – and I usually get 100 – 150 nice sized fruit from it. Commercial farmers hate it though because that dropped fruit is a total loss for them. Compare that to some less productive varieties that only set 50 avocados in the first place. Tag Archives: Lamb-Hass Growing Organic Avocados. I planted a Hass tree in my yard in 2013 from a five-gallon container, and it reached 15 feet tall in five years. I did pick it up immediately and let it soften for a week out of curiosity to see if it was still edible. With Hass, he girdles and controls alternate bearing, but he finds that Lamb isn’t vigorous enough to handle girdling. Water deeply and regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. We’ll see how they look in winter though. It has produced excellent fruit up until a couple of years ago. However, even if your avocado flowers don't get pollinated, sometimes trees can produce tiny 'cocktail' avocados. (See my posts “Can I grow an avocado tree in a small yard?” and “What is the best kind of avocado to grow?”). I’m confused about the growth of new red leaves on a tree with drooping leaves on it. Thanks for the post. You’re still left with 80 great pieces of fruit. The fruit is apparently identical to the Hass, pear-shaped dark green color on the tree, turns purple to black when ripe. Provide unamended, well-drained soil, and a wind and frost-sheltered site. But I make no hard conclusions based on my single trees in a single location. Thanks! Small to medium size (140-400 gr.). But I have talked to a farmer who grows the variety (in South Africa) and I’ve talked to many people who have seen the trees and eaten the fruit. However, the Hass wasn’t grown and marketed on a large scale until the late 1970s. Hi Greg, I’m guessing your Lambs will easily hang until the end of the year and still not taste overmature. Could have been a heat or drought consequence. Lamb Hass Avocado. Periodic leaf drop is normal; allow to remain as mulch. Great flesh color and holds color longer after cutting than a Fuerte or Hass. It is now March 3, 2020 and I still have about a dozen still hanging. Die Sorte Hass ist die am weitesten verbreitete Sorte der Welt. Apply a thick layer of mulch to conserve moisture, avoiding the trunk. The fruit ends up with no sunburn and good cold protection as well. I am so impressed with the fruiting, I planted three 15 gal lamb (5-6ft) late Fall 2018. Would it be beneficial to dig up the clay soil and add some beach sand to it to help remove the water away from the soil surface? Last year it set 2 fruit and I was wondering when to pick them and now I know thanks to your article. The texture is firm and without significant strings. I haven’t increased the volume of water to the trees, but have increased the frequency, especially when it’s hotter than normal. Maybe the drainage is bad. Is this normal for a young Lamb Hass? It is in need of an update, and I will try to add information soon, but even now it might still be of interest to you. Hi Greg, thanks a lot for this week’s post. Hi Greg, All avocado varieties need to have their roots in soil with decent drainage so if your yard has puddles for a long time in winter, that’s inauspicious. I don’t have any Lambs on the VC/Israel West Indian rootstocks, but I do have a few young trees of other varieties on a few of them and they are doing well so far in our California conditions. Diggers members save up to 40% on the non-member price. Add chips to the top of the soil and let them slowly rot. I wasn’t sure if it was redundant or superficial or what. It is similar to the its forebear in appearance and flavor but perhaps a bit broader in the shoulders and larger too. Both Hass and Reed avocado varieties provide a decent crop when grown solo (without a pollinating partner). Which part of the country are you in? ADDRESS. I just signed up for your blog and am very appreciative of your great guidance and advice that I’ve read thus far. As for avocados in particular, they do grow well in sandy soil. See more in my post, “Dealing with squirrels in a food garden.”, hello Greg! I did write about one — a Pinkerton graft into a Fuerte tree — in this post: “Grafting a pollenizer branch into your fruit tree.”. Can you be sure that rootstock has not grown up and is now producing this watery and tasteless fruit? I killed my second avocado by continuing to add compost to the soil by digging holes around the tree and adding kitchen scraps. It has a medium skin a little less bumpy than a Hass. When you cut them open and they look wet, with a shiny surface like that, it indicates that they aren’t totally mature and they haven’t developed the oil content that they will if left to hang on the tree longer. Squirrels are tough. `Lamb/Hass` is a seedling selection from an open pollinated breeding cross with the `Gwen` avocado cultivar (U.S. Plant Pat. They grow on productive, upright, compact trees, maturing later in the season than their hass relative. In a pruning trial done in Valley Center by Gary Bender of the University of California comparing Lamb and Hass, it was Hass that outperformed Lamb in part because of this dilemma. In comparison, Lamb hangs a couple months longer than Hass in my yard, and even longer than Reed. — motion and audio: If you’d like to buy a Lamb/Hass avocado tree, check out my post “Where to buy an avocado tree.”. Here’s Ricardo’s website: https://ricardosnursery.com/. I can’t say for sure that older Lambs don’t do this, but mine hasn’t in the last couple years at least. I’m thinking perhaps that might be a reasonable course for us? I have to concur that the lamb hass leaves seem to do better with our San Diego water, though. In your situation, a precocious and productive variety is best. I’ve seen other young Lambs do the same. You should ultimately get top notch avocados almost every month of the year from those three trees. There is plenty of avocado to eat in there. We live on a just slightly larger than normal city lot, so space is a real concern. Expected life of tree in years: can live for more than 50 years in fact up to 100 years; Years until first fruit: It can take up to 8 years until the first fruit but most trees will fruit after 4 to 5 years (keeping in mind that the tree is already a few years old at the time of purchase the 8 years is probably pretty spot on) The smaller tree in the south has drooping leaves and was planted in slow draining soil not really on a mound. Lamb tree growing from a pit. Lamb avocados need to grow for a year to a year and a half before they’re ready for harvest. Avocado LAMB HASS . In fact, I found this article while doing some research on them, since I was in the market for another avo. I just saw several Lamb Hass at Parkview Nursery in Riverside (they were at the one on Jackson). Lamb would also be a good companion for Fuerte or Pinkerton or Bacon. If you were to pick a Lamb in August, you’d likely find that the cut surface was not so shiny, and then the taste would be thicker and richer. Best varieties to grow in Perth . I live in Europe, Portugal, on the outskirts of But please let us know if that’s not the case. For pollination and fruit production, plant an A and a B type. That would be my first guess. I am trying it on west Indian rootstocks from the Israeli selection. That’s when the truth is revealed. I’ve got about a 6 year old Lamb – went in as 5 gal and fruited the following year. I’ve seen a few other Lamb trees in backyard settings alternate bear like this. There is a high percentage of meat in a Lamb Hass avocado and it has a slightly nutty and creamy taste. On the tree, the Lamb fruit has green skin until it’s mature, usually around May, when the skin turns black. Surprisingly it tasted good! To me, the taste is very good. Our Holiday grew beautifully for a number of years and finally matured and produced 2 gigantic fruit –over 1 lb each–and they were delicious. If you put in a lot, then you are, in effect, planting your tree below the grade of the surrounding soil, which is especially dangerous if your soil doesn’t drain rapidly. Ein Neuling ist diese im Süden Afrikas beheimatete Avocado, welche mit ihrem zarten Geschmack überrascht. Do you have an opinion or knowledge of that? This is to be expected since Fuerte is large-growing and vigorous, while Lamb Hass is semi-dwarf. I have a few questions regarding my two hass avocado trees. Hi Greg and thanks for the post & YouTube video on the Lamb, very informative. I like the harvest time of the lamb, so in short you have sold me on the lamb. It is interesting how they planted lots of trees and selected the Lamb to patent. Right now I’ve got a tiny sir prize, a bushy but small edranol, a leafless Charlie Brown Christmas tree nabal, and a 5 foot tall lamb hass. It was one of tens of thousands of seeds planted under the avocado breeding program under the direction of Bob Bergh of U.C. With Hass, you can prune in the late winter and use/market all of the fruit you prune off as it is mature then; however, with Lamb — since it is harvested later, in summer — no matter when you prune you are cutting off some fruit that is immature and a total loss. Italian Cypress - 15 Gallon $149.99 $69.00. And I’ve never even seen one in person. I’ve never been there, but it sounds like a good place to check. That’s really interesting. Hass it is. From your write up, it sounds like I’m not quite as close as I though . it has a very dark, almost black skin that only gets darker as it ripens. So now I’m deciding between a Reed, Pinkerton, or the Lamb Hass. It has a very dark, almost black skin that only gets darker as it ripens. if you have a carmen, i would love to hear what you have experienced with it in the future. Lamb fruits a lot and it fruits early, and I’ve never seen nor heard of a Lamb tree that is unsatisfactory in its bearing habit, in terms of its overall productivity. “Avocado varieties for year-round harvest,”, https://gregalder.com/yardposts/heat-tolerance-of-avocado-varieties/, “Dealing with squirrels in a food garden.”, “Avocado varieties for year-round harvest.”, http://www.gthomson.us/projects/trees/lambhass/avo3-may2020.jpg, Beware of rootstock suckers on citrus trees, Southern California food gardening calendar for 2021, Using the evapotranspiration rate to water your garden better, Starting a vegetable garden in Southern California. So I’d guess that if you planted enough varieties, and the right varieties, you could have delicious avocados to pick from your trees in every month of the year. I’m all good with that. I just purchased at 5 gallon Lamb (3 feet tall) from Ricardo’s Nursery in Long Beach, CA this week. Provide unamended, well-drained soil, and a wind and frost-sheltered site. It is often claimed that Lamb produces more than Hass. The Lamb Hass avocado is a cross between a Hass and Gwen avocado. © 2020 MONROVIA NURSERY COMPANY. They recently had a large growth spurt with new foliage and look health, but I’m concerned about appropriate watering. And I’ve attended presentations on Maluma and watched the Allesbeste videos on the variety. Avocado type number 1: Hass Avos (Regular, Maluma and Lamb) All Hass avos can be traced back to California, where they were first grown by a certain mail delivery man, Rudolph Hass, who dabbled in horticulture on the side. I made a five-minute video about the Lamb/Hass avocado tree. It has a very dark, almost black skin that only gets darker as it ripens. I want to keep it as close as possible because of future yard use (a room addition) so I don’t regret it because of the space it takes up. Your email address will not be published. For any management, purchase or information do not hesitate to contact us. Moringa Tree - 15 Gallon $299.00 $149.00. Other Unique Facts: The Hass variety was first bred in a Southern California backyard in the 1930s. Water will sit around the trunk for extended periods. Another unfortunate aspect to Lamb’s later harvest season is related to its juvenile habit of shedding fruit as the weather warms in spring. ? I am not complaining for I think the phenomenon is pretty cool. Glad you liked the video. If you haven’t seen it, you might enjoy reading my post on avocados and heat, “Protecting avocados from heat.”, Thank you for the profile on Lamb. It’s a summary of the above post, but with amazing — amazing! Wow! In the patent, Lamb is called ‘Lamb/Hass,’ but these days people often write it ‘Lamb Hass,’ and many shorten it to just ‘Lamb.’. Here is a link to the patent. I planted a 5 gallon Lamb/Hass about 4 years ago. Next chance, add some of the coarser stuff. I really like your combination of Lamb, Fuerte, and Hass. (believe me they can tell) Any idea on how to deal with this? On the other hand, one way in which Lamb is certainly superior to Hass and many other varieties is that it sets its fruit on the interior of the canopy, protected by many leaves. My climate is pretty hostile during winter, nights are below 10C But during summer it’s ok. Spain has gone for the Lamb which supposedly produces more which is equal to more $ and lets be honest, we producers care a lot about this. Avocado Hass und Lamb Hass gibt es das ganze Jahr über. We have a 4ft. Your assistance will be highly appreciated, I am in Botswana. Got my first batch of 7 last week, and found another good sized one today that seemed ready. It is considered a hybrid of Hass avocado and differs from it because it is more resistant to wind and high temperatures. So the harvest season doesn’t end until sometime in fall for me. In the extreme heat of July 2018, when my yard peaked at 117 degrees, my Hass lost all of its fruit while my Lamb retained much of its crop. It was great for retaining moisture and resulted in all kinds of fungus killing the root system. My concern is choosing the variety, which is stressful. If you prune in summer or fall, you sacrifice branches that would flower the following spring — and new branches that grow only starting in summer or fall won’t be mature enough to flower the following spring. 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