Indoor Avocado Tree Losing Leaves?

I have grown my avocado tree from a seed and never pruned it. As new leaves sprout the existing leaves fall off. I still keep the tree indoors. What could I do to prevent the the leaves falling off. Thank you.


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October 17, 20170 found this helpful
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Brown or dropping leaves can be caused by a number of things so you may have to try several suggestions to find a true solution.

  • Have you repotted your plant recently? Sometimes the shock of repotting will cause this to happen. If that is the reason, it will take a little while to recover.
  • What type of soil do you have in your pot? Avocado trees need a loose soil so regular soil is not recommended as it will be too heavy/thick. You may have to repot in a lighter soil.
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  • If you are using regular tap water you may have a salt buildup that will need to be removed. Take your plant outside (if possible) and run water through the plant for several minutes and maybe even a second time to remove any remaining salt.
  • If you are using a water softener then you may have to do the same thing but with unfiltered outside water.
  • For future watering, try to use distilled water or boiled and cooled water.
  • Use one-half recommended fertilizer but on a regular basis.
  • Prune your plant (check YouTube videos).
  • If you feel your tree has been over-watered, you may have to remove it from the pot and clean roots (gently) and replace in new soil.
  • For Light requirements you may have to move your plant to different areas of your house at different times of the year.
  • This is also true for temperature and humidity requirements.

Here is a link to a site that has a lot of information about growing avocado trees indoors. Check all the links on each side for more information.

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October 18, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you Cybergrannie! I appreciate the valuable information.

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May 12, 20180 found this helpful

Out avacodo tree has been established for years saddening this spring it started losing tons of leaves and the new seeds it was sprouting to

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October 9, 20170 found this helpful

Fertilizer once a month.

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October 9, 20170 found this helpful

You need to prune it.
If you pick them off you will not have them on the floor.
It grows better if pruned.

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October 10, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you.

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February 6, 20220 found this helpful

How do I prune?

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April 1, 20201 found this helpful

Well, I am also growing these plants and first of all you should know some things before you start anything else. So first, you should give them direct sunlight etheir through the window inside or outside with some shade. They dont like burning sun light. Second, most soil, they like moist soil. Not so dry.


Try watering them when the soil is half an inches dry from the top. Third, over nutrition wont help if there isnt any sunlight. So dont do that. What I can say is that u dont give it enough sunlight or have enough soil. So they cant spread their roots. They like to spread their root ALOT!!

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