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Sep 27, 2016 7:03 PM CST
I grew an avocado plant out of a seed, by placing the bottom of in water. After a while I transferred it to a pot, and placed it by the window, where it had been. About a week ago I placed it outside, in a sunny spot and it was doing great, but I just noticed today that the top of the plant is droopy. I think it is because it recently rained for a couple of days, but I am not sure. I moved it to a different spot where it won't get a lot of rain. Can I still save it? Is there some thing else I should do? Also is it normal for it to be tall, and only a couple of leaves in the top? Thank you.
Name: Elaine
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Sep 28, 2016 8:41 AM CST
Hi and welcome. If you would please add your location to your profile so we know where you are that will help us to help you.

It might have needed to transition to the sunny spot a little more gradually. It's probably quite a bit hotter outside than in your house, too so the plant would need more water than you've normally given it. This would explain the droopiness. I'd recommend you move it to a shady spot until it recovers, then gradually move it into more and more sun. Once it's a "real" tree it wants all sun, all day.

As long as your pot has good drainage, the extra rain should be fine for it. Avocadoes grow here and get drenched regularly through the summer.

Yes, they grow straight up for a while before they branch. Even mature trees are on the tall and narrow side from what I've seen unless they've been pruned to stay shorter. (not something you want to do to a baby).

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Sep 30, 2016 2:32 PM CST
I agree
I got a question. Are you growing it for fruit ? If yes. Make sure its a variety for your area. Or your likely to be disappointed. 😠 Welcome! I tip my hat to you.
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