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Clearwater, florida
Dec 2, 2017 10:46 PM CST
I had planted an avocado seed and it grew and it was doing great on the porch. Then the leaves started to turn brown and fall off. I thought maybe it needed to be transplanted, so I planted it in a bigger pot and the problem just got worse... officially all the leaves have fallen off and I don't know what to do or what's wrong. Any suggestions? I've put some pictures to show what it has done every time the leaves grow out. I do water and fertilize it.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Dec 3, 2017 12:22 AM CST
Are you using fertilizer for Avocado trees (something high in Notrogen)? Iron deficiency? Sunblotch Disease?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Dec 3, 2017 12:52 PM CST
Cheesy : Biggest cause of death is root rot. To much water, poor draining soil, and to big a pot.
Get some Catus mix and perlite, mix equal parts. Just barely moistened .
Get most of soil from roots, nice and easy like. Check roots for any rot. Trim rot to healthy roots, and apply cinnamon to ends.
Pot should just accommodate roots, and have drain hole.
Pot her up, and try not to water for like 3 to 5 days, depending on temperature, for roots to heal up.
Don't fertilize for 3 or 4 months .
Let top 1or 2 inches of soil dry out before watering her, and put finger in drain hole. If soil at drain hole is soggy wet, give her less water. They don't like soggy soil.
If you ever plant her in ground, remember ! Well draining soil, and there shallow rooted, feeder roots in only , top 6 to 8 inches of soil. In ground, they need shallow frequent watering's, twice a week, depending on rain. During extreme temperatures, could be more .
I hope she's not a goner.
Bye Bye 😎😎😎

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Clearwater, florida
Dec 14, 2017 9:18 PM CST
Daisyl, I was just using a fertilizer for the garden and vegetable plants. I made need to get something that is more suited for an avocado plant though. I had thought that there was something wrong with the soil but I'm not 100% sure. Thanks for responding.

Philipwonel, I think I'm gonna try what you suggest. Unfortunately the leaves that were once growing died off. So now my tree is completely bare. But I'll see if your method works. If not, I will just have to replant a new one and make sure it has proper drainage and the proper nutrition. Thanks for responding.

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