Q.Sprouted Avocado Seed Put Outside In Sun And Leaves Drooped
I potted an avocado tree sprouted from a seed. It is about 12″ tall with four leaves at the top. I put it on my porch for the 1st time today, so it can have sun, and the leaves all drooped. I live in California and it was in direct sun so it may have been too much sun. I brought it back inside and after 24 hours the leaves still have not perked up. Is is dead? Can I prune the top four leaves just about another sprouting leaf or did it get sunburned and will not revive?
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Unfortunately, your photo did not come through. I am unable to assess the damage.
It sounds like the sudden change in light has shocked the tree. Hardening off will be required to prevent environmental shock in the future. This just means that the tree will need to adjust to outdoor life, slowly.
Usually, they will recover with proper watering. Just make sure to let the soil dry out down to about 2 or 3 inches, thoroughly, between watering. This will prevent rotting issues that will, ultimately, kill the tree.
Prune any dried growth, and leave the stem to grow upwards. You would not want it branching that low to the ground. It would be a hassle when it gets mature.
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