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ktcouvs
Jun 7, 2020 3:16 PM CST
What is wrong with my avocado tree? The leaves look very shrivelled. The only thing I could think of is that we put orchid bark on top of the soil.. otherwise it gets tons of sun and we keep the soil moist but never soaked.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 7, 2020 3:21 PM CST
Did you bury a part of the stem not previously buried? How long ago did you do this? Can you check the moisture of the soil with the added layer?
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ktcouvs
Jun 8, 2020 7:42 AM CST
This is the first pot he's been in since I propagated the seed in water and let it grow out. The soil is moist, we keep it constantly moist.
We did this... about 2 months ago. He was fine and the past few weeks is when he has been looking like this. We didn't add anything extra to bury the stem since we've potted him. Haven't touched the soil at all
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WillC
Jun 8, 2020 10:16 AM CST
How do you determine when to water and how much do you then give it? About how often is that?

How far is it from the nearest window?
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ktcouvs
Jun 8, 2020 12:36 PM CST
This is the first pot he's been in since I propagated the seed in water and let it grow out. The soil is moist, we keep it constantly moist.
We did this... about 2 months ago. He was fine and the past few weeks is when he has been looking like this. We didn't add anything extra to bury the stem since we've potted him. Haven't touched the soil at all
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WillC
Jun 8, 2020 12:45 PM CST
You haven't provided specifics about your watering so it is hard to tell, but perhaps you have been keeping the soil too moist and the roots have suffocated.
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Name: Andrea Reagan
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Kevalsha
Jun 8, 2020 1:40 PM CST
An avocado has a long tap root that needs a bigger pot, also.
Kevalsha
London, Ontario. Canada
ktcouvs
Jun 8, 2020 4:24 PM CST
I'm sorry, I just feel the soil and usually water it every 3 days or so, as it gets bright direct sunlight everyday and the soil dries out.
Should I take it out of the pot and Check the roots and re pot it into a bigger pot?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 8, 2020 6:36 PM CST
No, just water less. I think the layer of orchid mix is holding in too much moisture. Before you water, stick your finger down into the soil, below the orchid bark, to check for moisture. Did you put gravel or pot shards at the bottom of the pot?

All trees grown from a seed start life by putting down a taproot. But, as the fibrous roots develop and spread out, most trees abondon their tap root. Avocado trees have wide, less than 2 ft (but probably less than a foot deep) fibrous root system. If it ever had a taproot, it is gone in a mature tree.

Cutting or restricting a taproot is no big deal for an avocado. Disturbing the roots is a major deal. Their roots are super-sensitive.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
London, Ontario. Canada
ktcouvs
Jun 8, 2020 9:08 PM CST
I'm sorry, I just feel the soil and usually water it every 3 days or so, as it gets bright direct sunlight everyday and the soil dries out.
Should I take it out of the pot and Check the roots and re pot it into a bigger pot?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 8, 2020 10:00 PM CST
DaisyI said:No, just water less. I think the layer of orchid mix is holding in too much moisture. Before you water, stick your finger down into the soil, below the orchid bark, to check for moisture. Did you put gravel or pot shards at the bottom of the pot?


Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
London, Ontario. Canada
ktcouvs
Jun 9, 2020 8:19 AM CST
I'm sorry, I just feel the soil and usually water it every 3 days or so, as it gets bright direct sunlight everyday and the soil dries out.
Should I take it out of the pot and Check the roots and re pot it into a bigger pot?

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