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Caring for an Avocado Tree

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Avocado trees whether grown from seed or purchased from a nursery will need to proper care to thrive. This is a guide about caring for an avocado tree.
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February 26, 20123 found this helpful

This guide is about growing an avocado from seed. A fun and rewarding indoor project can be starting an avocado pit.

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April 12, 20171 found this helpful

In order for an avocado tree to thrive there are a number of growing requirements such as light levels, temperature, pot size if in a container, and available moisture. This is a guide about avocado tree not growing.

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April 12, 20171 found this helpful

Keeping the height of a potted avocado tree under control requires careful pruning to increase fullness and reduce overall height. This is a guide about pruning an avocado plant.

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April 11, 20171 found this helpful

Whether your tree is outdoors or being grown inside, browning leaves indicates a problem you will need to identify. This is a guide about avocado tree leaves turning brown.

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September 20, 20170 found this helpful

If the leaves on your avocado plant are dying, it may be a sign of serious stress from something like a fungus or parasite. Leaves dying on an avocado plant is not a sign of good plant health.

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March 9, 20180 found this helpful

Avacado trees can be easy to grow but they can sometimes have problems. This guide has advice about the tips of an avocado tree branches turning black.

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September 28, 20170 found this helpful

In general avocados thrive in fertile, well-drained soil. Although they adapt to most soil types, avocados prefer a light, sandy loam. This is a guide about soil advice for avocado plants.

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September 20, 20170 found this helpful

When growing an avocado from a pit it is possible that the stem can be damaged and break off. Whether that spells doom for the plant or not may depend on the degree of development of you plant below the soil.

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This is a guide about, "If the stem snaps off of an avocado will the plant die?.

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April 10, 20170 found this helpful

There are a number of reasons your avocado tree may lose its leaves, from pests to lack of nutrients. This is a guide about avocado trees losing leaves.

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May 31, 2018

I have had an avocado tree for over a year now and this spring I noticed that the trunk was getting brown. I wouldn't want it to die as it is part of my family. Any suggestions?

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May 31, 20180 found this helpful
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avocados are finicky as to climate. They don't like too much humidity as they are fro a California climate.

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I'm not sure where you are or whether you have it indoors or not but it could be a symptom of Root Rot.

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June 1, 20180 found this helpful
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It looks like you are growing it indoors. This site recommends fish emulsion to help simulate growth. My mom used it for every plant she ever touched and always had a green thumb!

www.gardeningknowhow.com/.../indoor-avocado-plant-care.htm

Just know the stuff smells awful... at least to me...so you may want to use it in a well ventilated space. Plus follow all package guidelines carefully. Watch any plant foods around pets and children!

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June 22, 2018

My avocado tree was about 16 inches at 2 months and it got damaged halfway up so I cut it off by a new growth just under were it was broken and it started growing an inch below the new growth and out the side instead. Now I'm afraid it will not bear weight well. What should I do?

Also, I plan to transfer it to a pot soon and would like to know I'd I should wait for a while.

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June 23, 20181 found this helpful
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I'm not really sure about this as you are growing a tree - not just a bush or garden plant.

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  • Do you really want to take a chance? I would suggest you transplant it to a pot and let it grow but this is still a young plant and avocado trees are slow growers so you may not know the answer for many years.
  • Why not start another tree? You had success with this one so why not start another one just in case there is a problem with this one later on? Room to plant two trees?
  • I have taken stretchy medical gauze and loosely wrapped a "joint" like this (or a broken stem) and the two eventually joined together and I believe it was stronger from then on (but I cannot say that for sure).
  • Here is an excellent article about avocado trees that are grown from a seed (from California - the king area of avocados).
  • www.californiaavocado.com/.../your-own-avocado-tree
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March 1, 2016

I have an avocado tree that was 4 ft high when I got it and growing well. I did not realize at the time that I needed to cut it back and it was 6 ft tall before I realized the the top was bushy, but the stalk was not growing. Since then I have pinched it back, it has a lot of new growth at the top, but the now 8 ft tree still has a stalk no thicker than an inch or so.

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Should I cut it down to the bottom completely? Or should I let it go and keep pinching back the new growth? I am at a loss. All of the info I can find says to pinch it back, but I haven't been able to find out how to correct this.

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March 15, 20160 found this helpful

I have never cut mine back. Its well over 6' and doing fine. Mine is also in the ground not in a pot. It might be root bound.

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May 5, 20160 found this helpful

That tree has to go in the ground for the stalk to thicken. The root doesnt have enough room to grow first of all.

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Second, dont cut anymore of the top, allow it to grow in.

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November 20, 20160 found this helpful

My avocado tree is about 120cm high and no branches. What should i do to devep branches?
Thanks a lot
Gaspa

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January 7, 2018

About a month ago I moved my young, 4 year old, avocado tree because there wasn't enough space for it to grow. It was thriving and looked very happy. I was watering it daily. It was moved from the north to the south side of the house. Before it was moved it was in the shade of a large tree with direct sun in the morning and late afternoon. Now it has sun from mid-morning until dusk. The day after it was transplanted was very sunny and windy, and all of the leaves turned brown. I've been covering it with a sun shade, protecting it from the wind, and keeping it wet. There is still some green at the ends of the branches. I've cut off the dead branch tips. Should I cut off the dead leaves, or leave them, and how much should I water it? I live in Baja California where the humidity is often around 30%, and the north winds can get up to 20-30mph in the winter. Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated! It was doing so well where it was, but it didn't have enough room to grow.

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January 7, 20180 found this helpful
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You may be watering too much, and the roots are rotting. Water less often, but mulch the plant.

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January 8, 20180 found this helpful
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This is an issue when you move larger trees from one location to another. Some of the roots get damaged during the move and the tree goes into shock.

Normally, if you want to move a tree like this the leaves will die. You'll need to cut the tree back and remove the rest of the leaves from the tree. Add some good fertilizer to your soil and stop watering it so often. You have to give the tree a chance to grow and overcome the shock. You are only adding to the shock of the tree this way.

This might take up to 3 months before you see new growth on the tree. However, if the tree is healthy, the new growth could come sooner. Don't worry about the sun, the tree needs sun to grow and no need to shade the tree or cover it up. Let it adapt to the new location on it's own.

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February 17, 2018

This tree is about 9 months old, and has been pot bound for a month or so (now moved to this big current pot). It seemed to stop growing a few months back presumably when it's roots ran out of room. Only the white waxy stuff on top has been growing. My question is what is it? There are lots of conflicting opinions online, like it was an immature seed. (Maybe as it was straight out of an avocado I ate.) Other ideas are a virus or disease or it's an albino plant?

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February 25, 20180 found this helpful
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Your avocado tree seems to be rewarding your care with flowers and perhaps fruit. The waxy growth seems to me to be a flower stalk developing

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November 22, 2017

About a year ago I bought two avocado trees from a nursery. They are 1.5 metres tall. We live near the beach so the soil is sandy, but I have fertilised and mulched them. One is OK, but it has heaps of flower buds at the top. Do I remove these? The 2nd one has struggled from the beginning, now it has lost its leaves, but has the buds at the top, like flower buds? What can I do to help it?

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November 22, 20170 found this helpful
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Avocado trees need lots of water so be sure and give them a drink daily. Also need a lot of space to grow, make sure the roots are really deep.

They do not like a lot of sunshine or hot weather.

The flower buds are natural, this is where the fruit will come from, leave then to produce on their own.

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June 3, 2018

I have an avocado tree that I grew from a pit, it is like a year old, but has two stems. Should I cut one or leave it like that?

Thanks.

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June 3, 20180 found this helpful
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Either way. If the two stems reach out too far sideways you can string them together or to a central pole. There is no problem leaving both stems grow as long as they get enough fertilizer.

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October 6, 2016

I have a great looking Hass avocado tree, about 6 years old. I get avocados, but they always stay green and hard and never get mature looking. Any ideas what can be wrong?

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October 7, 20161 found this helpful

Yep. Avocados don't ripen on the tree. You have to pick the green mature fruit and then it will ripen in a few days.

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October 10, 20160 found this helpful

When picked from the tree they just stay hard. How long should they be left on the tree before picking?

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November 16, 20160 found this helpful

As someone has already said they dont ripen on the tree, when the friuts lose their shine, i.e. go dull looking, that apparently is the time to pick. Ripening time usually 7 to 10 days

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June 8, 2017

I bought a Hass avocado tree in a 15 gallon pot that already had tiny avocado fruits on it. I re-planted it in a larger container. A few days later, a majority of my tiny avocados fell off.

Should I pick off all those long stems that originally had the tiny fruits to promote new growth or do I leave them on the tree and they will eventually produce fruit?

I have no idea what to do. Can any expert answer this question?

Thanks in advance.

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May 13, 2017

I put avocado tree fertilizer on a 20 year old avocado tree, to improve the productivity this year. Now it is dying and turning brown. Did I kill it? Do I have hope? What should I do? :(

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April 6, 2017

I have a few avocado plants. Is it normal that at certain times of the day they give off a bad odor?

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May 29, 2018

I live in southern Florida. My avocado is now only growing little acorn size fruit, that then drop, and leaves. The same is true of my citrus trees which are always covered with a black substance. This has been going on for the past 2 years. It is a shame as they were doing so well.

I've found that my fruit trees only survived if started in passive shade and my avocado was producing many huge size fruit, but not now. I have been giving them expensive fertilizer lately, but no change. My mango is no problem it is a factory. I don't eat much, but I enjoy giving the fruit away and have felt like I been doing battle to keep them alive.

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August 20, 2017

I have grown an avocado tree from the pit. I would say it is over 2 years old. It is 3 1/2 feet tall. I know it needs to go in a bigger pot, but I put it out in the sun (hot day 90+ degrees) and it wilted; have I killed it?

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