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Los Angeles, CA
PaulG16
Apr 16, 2018 10:08 PM CST
Hello.
I have a 4 year old avocado sapling in dire straits and would like your help in rehabilitating it. I planted the seed from a neighbors avocado tree, but I'm not sure what type of avocado tree it is. The avocado itself was medium size with black, thin, edible skin, I believe it's a type of Stewart avocado. My problem at had is that my sapling is not able to grow out it leaves and is drying up. Whatever leaves manage to sprout quickly whittle. The stem still has a strong green color, so I know it's still alive and is clinging on even though it has lost about a foot it height. I water it about once a week and it is in a spot where it's sunny in the morning and shady in the afternoon/evening. I also transferred it to a bigger pot, about 3gl, back in October 2017 to allow its roots to expand. I recently bought citrus and fruit tree fertilizer, but have not used it yet. What can I do to save it? Is it too late to do so? Hopefully I provided enough information for you.

Thank you for your time.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Apr 17, 2018 5:46 AM CST
Don't fertilize.
I don't have any other advice tho. Mine is about like that, but because mine is indoor for winter and (suspect) got too dry.
Sometimes when repotting, the soil does not absorb water evenly and you may end up under-or over-watering, unawares.
What kind of soil is that?
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Philipwonel
Apr 17, 2018 7:32 AM CST
I suspect as Sally said.
Rootball can't absorb water as fresh new soil. When you re-potted it, did you scuff up rootball ?
Did you use well draining soil, like equal parts of catus mix, to perlite. There susceptible to root rot.
What else is planted in pot ?
Get that twine off of it.
Also, What is that tape near bottom, that appears to be squeezing two branches tite together ?
It makes good place for bugs, fungus, etc. To attack tree.

I would get soil as I recommended.
Repot it, after inspecting roots for any rot, and scuffing up rootball if necessary. If rootball is dry, I'd soak it a couple minutes in water.
After, repoting it in barely moistened soil, don't water for a week.

I recommend that you Google : care of avocados. There's more to them than I can tell you hear. I tip my hat to you. 👍

Philip 😎😎😎
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Los Angeles, CA
PaulG16
Apr 17, 2018 8:15 AM CST
sallyg said:Don't fertilize.
I don't have any other advice tho. Mine is about like that, but because mine is indoor for winter and (suspect) got too dry.
Sometimes when repotting, the soil does not absorb water evenly and you may end up under-or over-watering, unawares.
What kind of soil is that?


Hello, Sally.
Thank you for the reply. I don't remember the original soil I used, but the soil used for the transfer is Vigoro All Purpose potting mix.
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ctcarol
Apr 17, 2018 1:25 PM CST
Sounds like you have over watered it. Avocados require gritty, fast draining soil and full sun to thrive.
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plantmanager
Apr 17, 2018 1:29 PM CST
Welcome, Paul! Avocados aren't very happy as potted plants, although it can be done if you take a lot of care with it. Since you're in the LA area, can you put it in the ground? You'd need a lot of space since the trees grow very large.
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