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United Kingdon
May 11, 2020 1:09 PM CST
Hi all, any help here would be much appreciated.

I have an avocado plant, grown from stone in a pot (in doors in the UK) and it has been fine for a few years, this week something odd has started happening. All the new leaves growing are turning very soft and then drooping but all established leaves are fine.

I read that drooping was a sign of 'wet feet' so I put it out in the sun and have stopped watering to let it dry out. The leaves which were first affected have now firmed up (but are all a bit misshapen as a result of the trauma) but now a new set of leaves above have done exactly the same thing. Any thoughts?
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Name: Carol
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May 11, 2020 4:34 PM CST
Avocados make very poor house plants. They need sun, heat, and fast drainage to thrive, and they are very large trees when all is well.
United Kingdon
May 12, 2020 1:54 AM CST
Duly noted, but that doesn't answer the question at all.
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May 12, 2020 5:01 AM CST
Yes it does. The answer is that avocados do not make good house plants. Yours is suffering from not enough sunshine. The older they get, the more they suffer.
A lack of sufficient sunshine can not be overcome by putting it outside for a few hours. It needs sunshine each and every day.
A quality plant light may offer some help but ultimately it will continue to suffer going forward. Everyone thinks it is so cool to grow the pit, get a plant, have it grow, but everyone ends up at this exact same point. They do not get enough sun while growing indoors.
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Name: Will Creed
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May 12, 2020 8:27 AM CST
It is very hard to keep Avocadoes looking good when grown indoors because they tend to become very tall and lanky. Indoors, they must be kept in a very sunny location, but the outdoor sun for an indoor plant will cause leaves to burn.

I suspect that the original droopiness that you were concerned about was caused by the soil getting too dry. If you post a photo that shows the entire plant and its pot and if you describe your watering routine, we may be able to help you better.
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