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Name: Candice Cook
Horn Lake, MS (Zone 7b)
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ccook0585
Aug 11, 2016 12:07 PM CST
I recently rooted an avocado pit and when it sprouted the plant is a strange whitish-pink color. Is there something wrong with it?
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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 11, 2016 12:22 PM CST
Its white because, for some reason, its not producing chlorophyll. Two thoughts: its still living off the stored energy in the seed but will start turning green when it needs to. Giving it some bright light may move it in that direction.

A wee bit of fertilizer may help also (anything you have but a quarter to half strength)

Or.. Its a mutant and incapable of producing chlorophyll. If it doesn't soon though, when the seed shrivels, the plant will die.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Aug 11, 2016 12:33 PM CST
Albino avocado seedlings are more common when the seeds are immature according to this Purdue plant pathology page:

https://www.ppdl.purdue.edu/PPDL/weeklypics/7-22-13.html
Name: Candice Cook
Horn Lake, MS (Zone 7b)
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ccook0585
Aug 12, 2016 8:35 AM CST
Thank you for the responses. It is in almost full sun and has grown rather quickly once it sprouted. Hopefully, it will turn green soon. I would hate to lose it as long as it took for it to sprout. LOL I will try some fertilizer and maybe that will help. I have to say it is kinda neat, I've never seen anything like that happen before.
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