Grafted Hass Avocado Seedlings the new ‘hot cake’

Grafted Hass Avocado Seedlings and farming seems to be the new ‘hot cake’ in Kenya. For many years, farmers in the central highlands of Kenya have depended on Coffee as the main cash crop. Everything was going on well with farmers smiling to the banks until sometime back when prices plummeted to the great disappointment of coffee farmers in Kenya.

But just when doom seemed like the inevitable reality for these farmers, came the Hass avocado, a variety that has a high demand overseas. Hope has been rekindled and farmers’ accounts are now swelling since the export market is too hungry for this crop.

Hass avocado farming in Kenya is bigger than coffee. Any unit of the tree if  appropriately irrigated will provide 1,000 fruits a year, which translates to Sh8,000.”

With that, we can do a rapid calculation: an acre of avocado can have 150 to 200 trees. If each tree gives you Ksh8,000 per year, an acre with 150 trees will give you at least 1.2 million per year.

Keeping in mind the under-supplied market and the fact that avocado trees require little attention, this is a venture worth investing in. It takes only 2 years to start harvesting.


Tho Avocado tree from Grafted hass avocado seedlings are rarely attacked by diseases, Avocado root rot remains the most serious disease that affects the crop. The disease, which is caused by the fungal pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi, thrives in poor drainage conditions.

Pale and wilted leaves, branch die-back and small fruits are the consequences. It has been suggested that applying a layer of gypsum and a 10 to 15cm layer of an organic, coarse mulch underneath

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the avocado tree’s canopy, but several centimetres from the tree’s trunk, supplies calcium and suppresses the development of root rot.

Anthracnose, caused by the pathogen Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, infects an avocado tree’s fruit, flowers, small branches and foliage, leaving spots, lesions and decay.

This disease thrives in areas of high humidity. Pruning limbs to at least 2 feet off the ground increases air circulation at the base of the tree and removing debris from underneath the tree prevents pathogens.

Frequently asked questions

Can Hass avocado seedlings and Fuerte varieties of avocado be grown in the same climatic conditions?

Yes, they thrive well in the same environmental conditions.

In Eastern Kenya, avocadoes do well in certain pockets such as Kang’undo, Mua Hills, Kathiani (Iveti hills), parts of Mbooni, all in Machakos County, and the high potential areas of the larger Embu and Meru counties.

These are areas where coffee is grown successfully without irrigation.


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