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Avocado new growth keeps turning brown

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HowardH starts with ...
Hi everyone,

I have been trying to grow a grafted lamb hass avocado tree in melbourne for about a year now,
I've recently repotted my tree into a new pot with better drainage since i believe i have been overwatering it in the past (leaves turn soft and curl up and eventually fall off)

the tree currently doesn't have many leaves because of this but i think it is getting better as there are many new buds coming out of the trunk/ old branches

But For some reason alot of them are turning brown and breaking off before the new leave is formed, is there a reason why it is doing this?

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5th May 2019 10:31am
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Original Post was last edited: 5th May 2019 10:40am
jakfruit etiquette says...
The tree looks droopy and dry. The soil mix could be dry, or water repellent, so water is running thru. The Dry look could also be caused by root problems if soil is too wet, too cold or over fertilized. Over fertilizing acts like a form of salinity which burns the roots and restricts water uptake. Many pot mixes can have excess fertilizer, as they are desiged for a broad range of plants, but some are more sensitive.
Putting a smaller plant in an over large pot can be a problem, as that plant cant pump much water out, or use all the fertilizer, causing root problems. Try to work out if the pot mix is taking up water ok, and also draining well. The pot should get heavier when watered, then lighter as the mix dries and drains over the next few days/week. Also a healthy plant will be using some of the water and actively pumping it out.
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HowardH says...
Thanks Jackfruit, I've tried watering it a bit more and see how it goes
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David01 says...
Hi HowardH,

I agreed with jakfruit. It looks like the soil in the pot was very dry. By water over the top may not get into the root system. If I was you I will add a saucer (fill up with water) underneath of the pot so it can draw the water up slowly. Remove the saucer when the plant recovers. Cheers
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