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Kirkland, WA
spdjak
Apr 30, 2020 6:00 PM CST
Fellow gardeners, the picture you see is my "Mexicola" avocado plant I bought from local nursery in October last year. Throughout the winter I kept it inside the greenhouse. It didn't grow any new leaves but surviving through winter. I transferred it to the ground in my backyard in late February after the last frost. Recently I noticed the brown spots on the leaves. While new leaves haven't even sprouted out yet, getting me worried. I was told this is the hardiest variety of all avocado (and self pollinating), supposed to withstand temperature in the 20s. I'm in Washington state, zone 8A. What do you folks I should do, any hope? I water and fertilize regularly with compost. Thinking about putting epsom salt mixture maybe?
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Apr 30, 2020 6:17 PM CST
Having spent my early youth in S/E WA. I miss growing cherries and apples, and there are some that are supposed to do ok here...but they are never going to thrive, or produce the fruit one would expect from them. Did you do you're research on them? All avocados need fast draining soil, full sun, and warm ( not freezing) temperatures. They bloom along with citrus in late (depending on variety) winter, and are evergreen. Can you provide that?
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DaisyI
Apr 30, 2020 7:00 PM CST
Mexicola is what I was growing in CA zone 8b. But, Zone 8b not 8a and for the first few years of its life, I wrapped the trunk in Christmas tree lights (that was when they still have off heat). Yes, it can survive temps into the 20's but, those are the exceptional days, not the matter of course days. As Carol pointed out, in summer, its needs heat, sun and fast draining soil.

Stop fertilizing. A tree attempting to acclimate and grow roots does not need the extra burden trying to live up to the expectation of fertilizer. Avocados need fertilizer only 3 times a year after they are established so fertilize again starting in the spring of 2021 when you see new growth.


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Kirkland, WA
spdjak
May 2, 2020 12:30 PM CST
Thank you fellow gardeners. I'm glad I asked.
Carol, you're right, I can't provide the environment it needs here in my zone.
Daisy, I won't give anymore fertilizer for now, thanks for the input.

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