How to save my avocado plant
I have recently transported my avocado plant from my car to my housing building. I live in Marquette Michigan and it is very cold currently. I was out for less than a minute and it has caused severe damage to my plant. All the leaves have fallen off and I am worried that after almost a year of growing it I have killed it. Will my plant grow new leaves again or will it even live? Any advice would be much appreciated
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Yes. Your tree will grow new leaves. Sometimes it helps to cut the tip off the force leaves. It is also important to note that avocados need quite a bit of light. Even a south facing window will not work in the winter. The lux count is half of that of the full summer outdoor sun, and is not adequate to sustain a mature tree. I would recommend about 200 watts of horticultural light through the winter.
After the temperatures outside remain above 60 degrees then it can safely go back outside.
When I don't have room under my light, as I produce veggies over the winter inside, Even in the brightest window, still loses most of its leaves through the winter. This is normal, and it will recover. Just remember to water less when it has less leaves. They won't be able to take it up as fast.
Here is an article for keeping avocados in container: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/avocado/indoor-avocado-plant-care.htm