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Q.Avocado Plant NOT Thriving

Zone Burnaby,Canada | Anonymous added on November 18, 2021 | Answered

Hello there, I’ve decided to ask you a few things about my, sadly, dying avocado plant. I started last year by planting an avocado stone in the ground and by the end of August it was like 16 inches so I potted it for the winter and covered it with a plastic bag to recreate a kind of humid environment, in a clay pot, and it worked pretty well until springtime, and you can refer to the pics I’ve attached, lots of green and healthy foliage. Then for the springtime and summer I did transplant it in a larger plastic pot and ever since it has lost all its leaves, the soil was a quite compact one with manure and after transplanting it in September in the same pot but with a sandy, cactus mixing pot to improve the drainage, things haven’t improved, and you can check out the other three pics: specifically in the summer, leaves would look like scorched, with dry, brown patches that would cause the leaves, yet hard ones, to be shed, and in the meantime fresh, young leaves would sprout on top. Then since I moved it inside it has had like 10 new leaves which are almost all gone, this time they are soft and they kind of like wrinkle, curl up as well, with darker green patches, like if they were soaked, so I’ve been thinking that since summer I have watered it too much, or even exposed it too much to direct sunlight. the stem is solid, healthy green. I’ve researched a lot on the internet and I can see lots of the most common NOT TO DO things have instead been done by me, I stress the overwatering, sadly I watered it again a lot 3/4 weeks ago on the spur of the moment, and the soil is still very moist, wet in some points. I really hope you’ll read this e-mail and consider replying, thank you so much!!

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Answered on November 20, 2021

Once a plant has germinated, you can remove plastic bags. I think that was the beginning of the problems, keeping it in a bag all winter. This may have led to blight. So, keep the bag off and watch the overwatering. Make sure the soil dries between waterings. Also make sure it is getting enough light. Here are care tips that should help:


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