Avocado tree shedding all leaves.

Avocado    State College, PA

I bought a beautiful Avocado plant in summer and planted it outside in a spot with full sun. In the nursery they had advised me to plant it in acidic soil, so I did. Shortly afterwards all the leaves' tips started turning brown and wrinkly. I feared that maybe the spot I had chosen was too hot, so I transferred it to a pot and put it in a mixed sun/shade spot. In just a few days, all leaves fell off..... which was the wrong step I took? And how can I save my plant?

Posted by: Rahel Salathé (13 points) Rahel Salathé
Posted: November 17, 2014


Avocados like the sunlight, but too much can cause the leaf burn. Also I have read that avocados prefer a more alkaline type soil so adding some Lyme/gypsum could help. I don't know too much but this is what I have read when reserching for my avocado plant, I hope this helps.

Posted by: Tia (3 points) Tia
Posted: December 6, 2014

I grew some avocados from seed and I actually gave up on them. It was an experiment but since they were so difficult to keep happy (in New Jersey...) and not likely to grow fruit for many years I cut my losses. Your tree however, having come from a nursery, will have been grafted and will give fruit. The leaf drop was most likely to be due to shock. Avocados just don't do well with any kind of change and any stress can cause them to drop their leaves. I think you are right about the first location, the trees need a bit of protection from harsh sun so a little bit of shading is good. It may well recover and, surprisingly, one of the best things you can do is to leave it alone. I would be inclined to leave it where it is in the pot for now and allow it to recover. Don't overdo watering, let the soil dry out before you give it more. If it recovers you could try planting it again in the knowledge that the stress may cause a second leaf drop from which it may or may not recover. Perhaps this one can stay a beautiful potted avocado once it regains it leaves?

Posted by: Lindsay McMenemy (2 points) Lindsay McMenemy
Posted: November 17, 2014

Mauro commented,
very helpful :)
over 5 years ago.

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