Avocado Trees
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Zone 4 | chriss added on June 27, 2012 | Answered

Started from pit, now 3 feet tall and no branches, just straight stock. So how to prune that to be a nice houseplant. Also, why do the leaves curl up and turn brown?

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Nikki
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Answered on June 28, 2012

Pruning of indoor plants is much the same as trees that are typically grown outside. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/avocado/pruning-avocado-trees.htm

As for the leaves curling and going brown, it is likely either a pest problem or a fungus, though a watering issue is also possible. I am leaning towards a fungus, based on the symptoms. I would recommend treating the tree with neem oil, which will treat both fungus and pests. Also up the water some. Here is more information on neem oil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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