Ask a Question forum: Does my avocado plant live?

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Nov 8, 2016 4:29 PM CST
Hi! A few months ago I started my own avocadoplant project. Now the stem is about 5 inches but it doesn't seem to keep growing at the same speed as before. When it was about 7 inches tall I cut it back a bit, I had read on the internet that it should encourage growth. But now it doesn't seem to keep growing even though I put it in a pot. Please help! Does my plant live or what is happening? I've read that it could be "resting" but I dont know what to believe. Does the tiny sprout show that the plant is still growing? Tell me everything you know I'm desperate, thank you!

Ps. In the picture below you can see the tip of the stem and how it looks at the moment.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 8, 2016 8:04 PM CST

It appears to be dead. The reason I think that is that avocado trunks and branches are always green, even when mature.

There is an easy way to tell for sure though. Scratch the stem with your finger nail. If it is green under the surface, it is alive. If it is brown or hard under the surface, it is dead.

I have never heard of cutting an avocado tree off that was so small. Wait until its about three feet tall then cut back to the top leaf node if you want it to branch early.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 9, 2016 9:49 AM CST
I agree poor thing Shrug!
It needed leaves to feed the roots.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Nov 9, 2016 10:03 AM CST
I agree with Philip and Daisy. You should not have cut it back. A plant with no leaves will almost surely die. Rule of thumb on pruning, never cut off more than 1/3 of the leaf canopy (or if you have only 3 leaves, you cut only one).

Start another seed, and let it grow 3 or 4ft. tall as Daisy said, then just cut off maybe the very top end to start it branching.

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