All Things Gardening forum: Over or underwatering my plant?

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Trinity, NC
fishin4bass
Nov 16, 2017 8:07 PM CST


So I have an indoor avacado plant in growing and I notice the leafs are dropping down. The leaves don't feel dry and have no brown color too them. I have been watering them with a very small spray bottle a few times a week. I believe I have sprayed them very lightly for the past 3-4 days in a row but it's very little water. The soil doesn't stick to my finger when poking it. So what do the experienced gardeners think? Am I underwatering or overwatering.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Nov 17, 2017 5:19 AM CST
I would say under watering, why arent you using a watering can? A spray bottle doesn't get water down to the roots. If it were my avocado, I'd cut it way back and then it will grow stronger again. You should add your location or zone, so we can help you better.

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Name: Gary
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hostasmore
Nov 17, 2017 9:58 AM CST
I agree, definitely underwatering. Most plants, other than some succulents, benefit from a good soaking and then allow them to dry out. Not dry below the first few inches of soil. Should never be totally dry.
Trinity, NC
fishin4bass
Nov 17, 2017 5:44 PM CST
Christine said:I would say under watering, why arent you using a watering can? A spray bottle doesn't get water down to the roots. If it were my avocado, I'd cut it way back and then it will grow stronger again. You should add your location or zone, so we can help you better.

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I live in North Carolina but the plants are indoors.

I've had a bad time over watering plants indoors and killing them because I always think I'm under watering so I keep watering it.

Name: Gary
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hostasmore
Nov 17, 2017 10:09 PM CST
Water untill you see water come out of the bottome of the pot. Then don't water again until the top 1-2" of top soil are dry.
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Christine
Nov 18, 2017 8:04 AM CST
fishin, you should re-pot in the Spring and add 50/50 of potting soil and perlite, the perlite helps retain a little moisture. I love NC my family comes from there Thumbs up
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Faridat
Nov 19, 2017 4:13 AM CST
Avocado is a tree, even though it's young still, loves to be watered well and then leaving the top of the soil to dry before you water again. That is what we used to do with ours, which is now a full grown yard tree.
Spraying a bit, is definitely not enough for this plant.
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Arico
Nov 19, 2017 5:57 AM CST
+ it is getting way too little light, hence the stretching
Trinity, NC
fishin4bass
Nov 21, 2017 1:51 PM CST
Christine said:I would say under watering, why arent you using a watering can? A spray bottle doesn't get water down to the roots. If it were my avocado, I'd cut it way back and then it will grow stronger again. You should add your location or zone, so we can help you better.

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I live in North Carolina but the plants are indoors.

I've had a bad time over watering plants indoors and killing them because I always think I'm under watering so I keep watering it.

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plantladylin
Nov 21, 2017 2:34 PM CST
Hi fishin4bass, Welcome!

I agree with what has already been said; the plant is not getting enough light or water. Spraying the plant a few times a week with a small spray bottle is not sufficient for the roots to take up enough moisture. You should give your plant as much light as possible and as has been suggested, you need to water thoroughly until you see water running through the drain holes of the container. You definitely don't want the soil to be constantly soggy but you don't want it to stay extremely dry for long periods either. Once you find the right routine for your conditions, hopefully your Avocado (Persea americana) will grow into a lovely tree.
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Philipwonel
Nov 28, 2017 9:10 AM CST
Pretty much like Christine said for soil. But, I'd tweek it a bit. I'd use equal parts of Catus soil , to a blend of perlite and grit . Fast draining soil. Water should run out of drain hole in about 30 to 60 seconds .
Avocadoes like citrus , are shallow rooted. Feeder roots in top 6-8 inches. They all require shallow , frequent watering's.
When planted in ground, farmers water twice a week during warm weather.
Do you put her out in , indirect sun, when weather permits ?
Also, do you fertilize with avocado/citrus food ?
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Zuni
Dec 16, 2017 9:48 PM CST
Agree, and maybe get a little grow light for it, on top of all of the above.

EdenGardenStore
Dec 17, 2017 4:30 AM CST
So how is the growth of avocado going? Anyway, I think that it is already appropriate to make a pruning to strengthen the roots, a cut of at least 3 cm, in addition to making it have a lot of light cause we are still talking about a tropical plant. Keep up to date!
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greene
Dec 17, 2017 5:15 AM CST
I realize that the OP may not be checking this thread, but perhaps the plant is too cold being so close to a window?
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