Leaves on Avocado Tree Have Brown Spots and are Dying

I've had my avocado tree for a long tine, it was growing great, tall and wide. It was in a small pot before I replanted it into a bigger one, where it had more space. It has been doing great since then. It was growing bigger and bigger, in about 8 months I've decided to replant it into a bigger one.

I used a metal spoon to help it get out if the pot. Once I took it out, I noticed that the roots had grown into the drainage holes and when I took it out the roots in the drainage holes ripped from the ones in the dirt. I planted it in the bigger pot and left it outside for 5 to 10 minutes. When I looked at it, the leaves where down and it looked sick, so I took it right inside. After 2 days the leaves were still down. But recently I noticed that the leaves started to have weird brown marks on them, and those weren't burn marks. As you can see on the picture it looks like an illness. What is it and how can I help my friend?

Thank you.

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September 20, 20180 found this helpful

The spots are a sign of fungus. Treat with a fungicide

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September 20, 20180 found this helpful

It looks more like it isn't getting enough nutrients (nitrogen is the biggie). You mentioned cutting the roots when transplanting, that may have cut it's food supplies.


You could try a very small dose of fertilizer meant for avacado like Scott's makes one. Your garden center can give you the local favorite.

See if that helps. Prayers for your leafy friend!

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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks a lot, although im haing troubke trying to find scotts avocado fertilizers nearby. Although i found Sunniland fertilizer. Is it ok? Specificalky this one:


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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

That should work. Any one that is specific to plant like this one! Good luck! Let me know when it perks up!

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September 24, 20180 found this helpful

I would hesitate to add anything until you know for sure what your plant may need and it is not recommended to add fertilizer to a sick plant (although your plant may not be sick).


I feel sure part of the problem is stress from transplanting as you say you just changed pots 5 months ago so your plant may have just been getting back to normal before this transplant. The loss of part of the main root would also cause shock/stress.

Did you leave it in the sun for that few minutes you left it outside? If so, that is another shock since it has been inside all this time.

Do you not have an Ace Hardware or True Value Hardware in your area? As a general rule they have excellent plant people who might be able to help you bring your tree back to life.

You may need an insecticidal soap if there is any type of disease/fungus but they can tell you this also.

I would take 2 or 3 leaves to them and tell your story to one of their experienced people and see if they can help you. I love to use Jobe's fertilizer as it is a controlled product so there is no chance of giving too much to an already stressed tree.


Google Ace or True Value with your zip code and maybe there is one in your area.
I recommend those over Target, Lowe's, Walmart, Home Depot as it is rare to find someone with plant knowledge in those stores - usually just clerks/salespeople.

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