Avocado tree dropping leaves

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  1. Flatland

    Flatland Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    My avocado is coming into its third summer. It is dropping a lot of older leaves. It looks healthy & has lots of baby leaves coming on. Because of bad things happening in my life it did get ignored for a couple of months so could have dried out.
    Is leaf dropping normal, should I worry do anything about it apart from watering it?
     
  2. ClissAT

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    Yes they don't like drying out at all.
    Much like they don't like being too wet.
    When you water it, start with just a little every day or you might find it drops even more leaves & really gets its knickers in a twist!
    I planted some recently & within 2wks they both got the sulks loosing all leaves due to strong drying wind even though I had wind breaks up & now we've had all this rain so they probably wont survive.
     
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    Yeah, avos are very fickle (as we know) and sadly leaf drop usually is a sign of an impending slow death as it's often hard to pull a young avocado tree back from stress but it is possible.

    I've tried everything to save them and always failed eventually after a long protracted period of leaf drop and regrowth... We have three young trees doing well at the moment but I'll keep being nervous until they are at least 6 feet tall after then they should be able to sustain some stress without going into an unstoppable death spiral.
     
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