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Cristiangee
Dec 9, 2017 9:23 PM CST
I have a small year or 2 avocado tree that seems to be browning on the tips & the older leaves all fell
what can I do to keep it green & growing?
I hope I don't have a root rot situation
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 10, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Your guess is probably correct.
Need one or less gallon pots, with drainage holes. Fast draining soil. Let first inch or two of soil, dry before watering.
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San Diego
Cristiangee
Dec 10, 2017 2:34 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Your guess is probably correct.
Need one or less gallon pots, with drainage holes. Fast draining soil. Let first inch or two of soil, dry before watering.


I have a drainage fabric pot on it, which draines really good
Is that all I should do, Just wait on it to get dry ?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 10, 2017 7:10 PM CST
I don't know a drainage fabric pot, from a hole in the ground ?
Water should drain out of pot, in about, 20 seconds of watering.
Drainage fabric pot , sounds like, something that will hold moisture in.
You want moisture to drain out. So soil can dry out, between watering's.
Shallow roots need air.
Avocadoes, don't like wet feet.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Dec 10, 2017 8:13 PM CST
Do you plan on planting it in the ground? If so, do it now. Avocados don't make good potted plants due to their size. It is very likely that our bad water is the problem, so when you do water, you need to flush thoroughly to get rid of the salts. They do loose leaves all year, but you have lots of nice new ones to replace them. It won't survive in that smart pot for long though. Even a true dwarf avocado needs about eight feet of ground for it's root to spread in.
San Diego
Cristiangee
Dec 11, 2017 3:04 PM CST
Philipwonel said:I don't know a drainage fabric pot, from a hole in the ground ?
Water should drain out of pot, in about, 20 seconds of watering.
Drainage fabric pot , sounds like, something that will hold moisture in.
You want moisture to drain out. So soil can dry out, between watering's.
Shallow roots need air.
Avocadoes, don't like wet feet.


No it's not planted it's just in the pot & Yes this fabric pot draines good when over watered, I can see the water flushing down the sides and bottom when I over water it but it does keep it moist, I moved it to direct sun so it can dry out faster and I noticed the roots went through the pot under and broke very easily which shows they were weak but they look healthy
San Diego
Cristiangee
Dec 11, 2017 3:12 PM CST
ctcarol said:Do you plan on planting it in the ground? If so, do it now. Avocados don't make good potted plants due to their size. It is very likely that our bad water is the problem, so when you do water, you need to flush thoroughly to get rid of the salts. They do loose leaves all year, but you have lots of nice new ones to replace them. It won't survive in that smart pot for long though. Even a true dwarf avocado needs about eight feet of ground for it's root to spread in.


Yes I do plan on planting it because I've noticed that it's giving roots out from the pot, Do you think it will survive if some of the roots broke off ? & what do you mean I have to wash the salts off ? By the way should I cut the rotten edges off ?

Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Dec 11, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Our "normal" winter rains leach our alkaline city water below the root zone when it is in the ground. In a container of any kind we need to flush it out by watering heavily every now and then or it builds up and damages the roots. You're in Avocado country, so I would just plant as soon as possible and unless there is a lot of rot, don't worry about it. Make sure the soil drains well and don' t feed until spring. When you do feed, use a citrus/avocado fertilizer, following package instructions carefully.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 12, 2017 11:44 AM CST
Carol perty much covered all/or alI i was going to mention.πŸ‘Carol.

I was mainly concerned that soil was staying wet to long.
A few broken little roots won't hurt. You could put a little cinnamon on them, it acts as a fungicide.
If any rotten roots, cut off, and apply cinnamon.

You plant soon ! Good πŸ‘

They shallow rooted, feeder roots are only 6 to 8 inches deep. They like clear bare ground, a couple feet past there drip line, and no digging that will cut there feeder roots.
Like shallow frequent watering's, but top inch or two of soil to dry, in-between. Deep watering twice a year. Shallow watering, year round ! twice a week, depending on rain and temperature. And don't like wet feet.

I don't blame them. I don't like wet feet either. Rolling on the floor laughing

Now ! Your covered !
Keep your feet dry. That's if !!! We ever get any rain.😟

Bye bye !
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