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Apr 24, 2017 9:22 AM CST
Trying to figure out why my avocado tree which is about 3 feet is drooping, she is in a Shady spot on my back porch but there is a lot of Breeze there and in Florida it is a hot Breeze plus she only has leaves at the top not down the bottom of her stem I read that avocados are very sensitive when they're young she is about a year and a half old maybe she has not enough Sun or too much water or not enough not sure hope you can help thank you
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Apr 24, 2017 9:27 AM CST
It certainly does look a little bit sad. How have you been fertilizing it? Have you checked the bottom of the pot to see if you can see roots? If there are roots in the drain holes that you can see, it's time to re-pot into a deeper pot.

You can't give it a set amount of water, either. Feel the soil to a depth of an inch or so with your finger, and if it's dry an inch down, you should water very thoroughly, until lots of water comes out the bottom of the pot and the pot feels heavy when it's stopped draining.

In spring, as it warms up you will surely need to water more often, especially when there's wind which will make the leaves lose moisture more quickly.

This plant will become a tall tree eventually. It's natural for it to lose the leaves down lower on the trunk like that.

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Apr 25, 2017 12:50 PM CST
They do kind of droop. You can see new growth is perkery. This it the one i planted a couple three months ago and pot she was in. 2 or 3 gallon pot. Yours defiantly needs bigger pot. Actually put in ground, would be best. They dont like wet feet. There subject to root rot. So not real deep pot. Feeder roots in top 6 to 8 inches. Check drain holes to see how wet and water according. Get her gradually accustomed to direct lite. Untill she can get as much sunlite as possible. They like shallow frequent waterings. Deep a couple times a year to flush salts away from roots.
Google avocado trees. For more info.

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