Brogdon Avocado Grow Guide

A Mature Brogdon Avocado On The Tree
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While it may look like an eggplant, the Brogdon Avocado is a delicious and highly cold-tolerant variety, making it a great option for those who live in areas with an occasional freeze.

With that being said, this grow guide will cover everything that you need to know about Brogdon Avocado:

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Brogdon Avocado Tree Characteristics

The Brogdon Avocado Tree is a Flowering Type B Avocado. In other words, the female flowers open in the afternoon and male flowers in the morning. In order to maximize Brogdon’s fruit production, the tree should be planted near a Flowering Type A Avocado with a similar fruiting season. This includes avocado cultivars such as:

A Brogdon Avocado That Is Not Mature On The Tree
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Speaking of fruit production, Brogdon’s fruit production consistently ranges from average to good. The avocados themselves are small to medium-sized fruits that typically weigh between 0.5 – 1 lbs.

The Brogdon Avocado is a Complex Hybrid (contains genes from all three subspecies). As a result, Brogdon is highly cold tolerant and able to withstand temperatures as low as 22º F, making it one of the most cold hardy avocados available. This makes Brogdon a great option for those in USDA Hardiness Zones 9A and above.

Brogdon Avocado Flavor Profile

The Brogdon Avocado stands out with its distinctive pear-shaped form and a dark-purple skin that borders on black, reminiscent of the deep hue of eggplant. The fruit’s skin is smooth, edible, and very thin.

A Mature Brogdon Avocado With A Bite Taken Out Of it
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For fellow Floridians seeking an avocado reminiscent of the ‘California’ or Mexican types commonly found in grocery stores, the Brogdon is a standout choice. Despite being a smaller-than-average avocado, Brogdon does boast a larger size relative to pure Mexican types while also maintaining an exceptional flavor profile.

The Brogdon’s buttery greenish-yellow and creamy flesh has a rich and nutty flavor, coupled with a high oil content akin to the Hass, that makes it a great avocado for guacamole.

A Brogdon Avocado On The Tree That Is Not Mature
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If I were given the choice between a Hass and Brogdon at the grocery store, I would choose Brogdon every time. That is because with the Brogdon, you are not only getting more flesh per fruit but are also maintaining a remarkably similar flavor profile. Why pay more for less fruit that has an almost equivalent taste? 🤷🏼

My only complaints against Brogdon are that the fruit can sometimes be difficult to scoop out (sticks to the skin), and that the seed’s papery layer can also easily get stuck in the fruit. If you have a particularly “sticky” fruit in this regard, it can sometimes make making guacamole a real pain!

Brogdon Avocado Season (And When To Pick)

Brogdon Avocados are considered an early to mid-season avocado (July – September).

With that being said, the best time to pick Brogdon Avocados are when they are mature on the tree. From a color perspective, this is when the fruit has transitioned to a deep-purple, almost black, color.

A Brogdon Avocado That Is Almost Mature On The Tree
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While determining an avocado’s maturity can be difficult and require some trial and error, I have developed a repeatable process that has worked great for me:

  1. Starting July 1, after the fruit has transitioned to a deep-purple color, pull a single fruit off the tree and allow it ripen for 3 – 8 days (at room temperature)
    • Delicately create small indents all around the fruit using your fingers.
      • If you detect a mixture of hard and soft spots, the fruit is not yet ripe. 
      • Conversely, uniform softness (not super soft) throughout the fruit indicates that it is ready for consumption.
  2. Taste the fruit – is the taste or consistency off ?
    • If the fruit tastes great, the rest of the avocados on our tree are ready to be harvested
    • If the fruit tastes sour/foul/rancid, wait another month and repeat the process with another single fruit
      • Fruit that are picked too early will often become black/inedible.
A Box Full of Mature Brogdon Avocados
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After confirming that the avocados on our tree are mature, we can begin developing our ‘avocado pipeline.’ This involves picking some fruit to ripen on the counter for more immediate use while also placing others in the refrigerator to be used later. By adopting this approach, we can ensure a continuous supply of ripe avocados.

Brogdon Avocado History

The Brogdon Avocado was first propagated in Winter Haven, Florida by Tom Brogden in the 1930’s.

While Brogdon is considered a Complex Hybrid, due to the fruit’s size, shape, and flavor, its genetics are thought to be primarily comprised of genetics from Mexican and West Indian varieties.

Brogdon’s thin skin has limited the cultivar’s ability to be sold on a commercial scale. With that being said, Brogdon has become an excellent choice for homeowners and tropical fruit enthusiasts who are looking for a cultivar that is both delicious and has a high cold tolerance.

Brogdon Avocado Tree For Sale

Fortunately, Brogdon Avocado is a popular and common cultivar in the nursery trade.

With that being said, if you are unable to find one at a local nursery, your next best option is checking out Lara Farms Miami (not sponsored). They are one of the only legit places online where you are getting exactly what you are paying for. 

Lara Farms has over 30 varieties of avocados available. They do ship!


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Matthew Rowlings

I have an Associates Degree in Biology from the University of Florida and am also an active Florida Master Gardener. I am located in Central Florida (Zone 10A) and have 6+ years of experience with growing 20+ types of tropical trees. You can learn more about me and why I started Tropical Tree Guide on my about page.

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