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Feb 4, 2017 9:55 AM CST
My avocado tree is dying, It was doing very well for the first year, but then dropped all of its leaves. I figured out that we used the wrong soil. So I re-potted it in a fast draining soil with a 5-5-5 fertilizer. It then dropped its main branch, the other two look like they are about to go. should I just cut it down and let it re-grow better limbs? Thank you!
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Name: Dee Moore
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Feb 4, 2017 10:06 AM CST
Condolences. I think you will be very lucky if it comes back. They don't drop their leaves in winter so I doubt it will come back for you. I wouldn't feel to badly about your gardening skill though, I've killed one myself and it was outside in zone 9a. I think they are just touchy when they are young. They grow them here for fruit and I have seen many of small Avocado tree that didn't make it.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 4, 2017 11:34 AM CST
As long as the layer under the 'skin' is green, there is hope. Be patient. Don't chalk it up as a lost cause quite yet.
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


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