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Aesyir
Nov 13, 2017 12:18 PM CST
Hello I have this young avacado and i'm not sure if I have over or under watered it. I have been told avacado trees once watered like to dry out before being watered again and I kinda broke that rule (silly me). So I think its over watered but because the symptoms of over and under watering are so similar i'm not too sure. Also all my waterings i think may have been to little due to the fact that none of the water came out of the drainage holes (I have well draining soil). It has recently been taken outside where it gets more light so maybe thats contributing to the issue but I think overall taking outside would be better but maybe I was wrong?Any help is appreciated, thank you for your time.

PS: It may look dry on top but when I stick my index finger in the soil its decently moist and yes my sunroom is way too cluttered haha.

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When i first brought it out it looked like this :

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Faridat
Nov 13, 2017 12:49 PM CST
Hello! In what position in the house was your plant? Perhaps it didn't have the chance to acclimatize to being in complete sun, after being inside and it got too hot for it. Even if it's a sun lovin' tree, this one is young. Give it a good watering and move it to a shaded position, leave it time to adjust to the outside levels of lighting. Watch how the plant reacts and go from there.
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Aesyir
Nov 13, 2017 12:52 PM CST
Faridat said:Hello! In what position in the house was your plant?


It was right behind that glass sliding door you see in the second picture, i'm kinda worried to water again (due to the soil already being moist) but I can give it a shot.

It could be the light because It used to only get ambient light.
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Faridat
Nov 13, 2017 1:18 PM CST
Yes, the light a plant gets inside is way less intense than the one getting when placed outside in full sun. Keep it protected from exposure to heat, it may come back. I'd mist the leaves also to help.
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WillC
Nov 14, 2017 5:56 PM CST
I suggest that you decide whether you want to grow it inside or outside and leave it there. Plants do not like to be relocated because it stresses them to have to acclimate to new light conditions.

If you keep it inside, keep it right in front of a sunny window. Outside, it will need to be a shaded location where it is protected from direct sunlight.

In the photo, the soil looks dry, but only the top surface of the soil is visible. Pinch out some soil from the top inch. If it is quite dry an inch deep, then water it thoroughly until some water runs through the drain holes. Then, don't water again until it reaches that level of dryness again.

Avocado plants tend to grow very tall and leggy and they do not branch readily. It is best to start pinching out new leaves as they emerge to keep the plant fuller and more compact. Otherwise, it will be like Jack's bean-stalk!
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Aesyir
Nov 14, 2017 8:09 PM CST
Im gonna keep it outside . Yeah when i see new leaves forming im gonna pinch off the top to encourage new growth. It looks a little better today after giving it a nice watering and keeping it shaded. Yeah I don't think I watered thoroughly enough last time it had dry spots under the soil after about 2 inches (i just stuck my index finger in the soil)
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ctcarol
Nov 14, 2017 8:32 PM CST
If you expect a freeze, just toss a sheet over it for the night. It will be a lot happier outdoors.

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