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grrigore
May 12, 2018 5:35 AM CST
Hello, guys!

I have a 1 and a half year old avocado tree that I'm keeping in my room.
Like 3-4 months ago the leaves started to get brown tips - the closer to the bottom the more they are "affected". (they seem like they are slowly drying)

I water the plant on a daily basis and it looks ok and keeps growing.

Is this normal? How can I help this?
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WillC
May 12, 2018 5:56 AM CST
Yes, it is probably normal as long as it is not excessive. Potted Avocados will lose some of their older leaves as they continue to add new ones on top. Although the discolored lower leaves may look and feel dry that does not mean the plant is lacking moisture. Daily watering is probably too much. Allow the top half-inch of soil to dry before watering thoroughly enough to see some water trickle through the drain holes.
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Bucharest
grrigore
May 12, 2018 6:03 AM CST
WillC said:Yes, it is probably normal as long as it is not excessive. Potted Avocados will lose some of their older leaves as they continue to add new ones on top. Although the discolored lower leaves may look and feel dry that does not mean the plant is lacking moisture. Daily watering is probably too much. Allow the top half-inch of soil to dry before watering thoroughly enough to see some water trickle through the drain holes.


So it's recommended to water it fully and to allow the soil to dry a little?

This is how the leaves look:
Thumb of 2018-05-12/grrigore/065c5c

Another question if you don't mind Smiling
Can I stop it from growing? Or slow the process? I'm afraid it will get too big to keep it inside...
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 12, 2018 6:18 AM CST
Yes, always water thoroughly after the top half-inch of soil has dried. That would probably be closer to weekly than daily.

Avocadoes normally grow a single, unbranched stem unless they are pruned or pinched. If yours is already too tall, then cut the stem back to your preferred height. Once it is at the preferred height, then use your fingertips to pinch out new top growth as it emerges. Be persistent in your pinching to encourage branching.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Bucharest
grrigore
May 12, 2018 6:31 AM CST
WillC said:Yes, always water thoroughly after the top half-inch of soil has dried. That would probably be closer to weekly than daily.

Avocadoes normally grow a single, unbranched stem unless they are pruned or pinched. If yours is already too tall, then cut the stem back to your preferred height. Once it is at the preferred height, then use your fingertips to pinch out new top growth as it emerges. Be persistent in your pinching to encourage branching.


Thank you so much! Thank You!
Bucharest
grrigore
May 22, 2018 3:40 PM CST
Also, I was wondering what is the best soil humidity and temperature for an avocado?

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