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Avocado tree in Transplant Shock

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Tony G starts with ...
- The What -
Hey guys, I really could use some help with this one, as it's very important.. it was my friend's, who just passed away, and is one of the two remaining trees from a very large batch we got growing, around 7 years ago, which we've been trying to train to go for longer than normal times without water.
When my friend passed a few weeks ago, knowing the council will likely be knocking his house down, and that the tree would likely get cut away, I had to dig it up to save it.. but I don't know much about gardening, if anything really, and while I've tried to do my research, I don't know what I'm doing here at all, and could really use some help!

- Current Health -
The tree is currently in what I now know to be Transplant Shock.. its leaves have been sagging since the day I removed it, and do not seem to be improving.
After getting a little afternoon sun today, and yesterday, the leaves have started to feel quite dry, but are still green.
I've pulled it inside now and will not give it any more sun until somebody says I should, as that was clearly a mistake.
Yesterday, I also added Seasol, to the water mix, but not much would have gotten in, considering the limited amount of water that can pass through this clay-like soil.
It's also worth mentioning that we're just coming out of a cold winter here in Australia (we have winter in July, summer in December).

- Roots & Drainage -
Where it was, a lot of the roots were tangled with another tree, and there was no space to dig around, very much, either, so I didn't get much of a 'root ball'.. there was definitely no ball, just some roots coming off the bottom of it, no soil really in it.
The soil it was in, was quite claylike, water does not drain well through it, but that's what I had to put it in the pot with at the time. In addition to that, the pot only has a single hole in the middle, and barely drains. I've been stabbing holes in the soil with a bike spoke to try encourage the water to soak down through, but to little effect.

- The question -
There is nowhere I could put it in the ground.. somebody told me not to re-pot it again, but I'm worried the current conditions are going to finish it off. What do I do??? :(

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Original Post was last edited: 2nd October 2018 5:29pm
Tony G says...
Third attempt at adding pictures.. finally this post has gone through. It may be too late for the tree now though, all the leaves are looking quite dead.
I don't think this website's anti-free-speech & dictatorship level of censorship is worth the stress on the users.. perhaps that's worse than any stress a little disagreeable-interaction could have on anyone, which is a major shame, because this is what comes up top for help with avocado trees, and seems to be the most active forum of this type, since the internet went dumb.

If my tree dies, I'm blaming you, Kath.
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Manfred says...
Not enough information. How big is it? As a general observation, in an emergency relocation like that it would usually be wise to remove almost all the foliage or preferably cut all leaf laminae back almost to the petiole to reduce transpiration surface.
I've done my share of opportunity avocado seedling collection and they do get a major setback but the time of year is good and provided it has at least some young roots it should eventually come good with suitable care. Keep it moist and NO fertiliser.
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Manfred says...
Oh!
I'd be in despair by now but there is still a small chance. Remove all the leaves, keep it warm and moist and about 50% shade. Don't bother trying to keep any laminae, but leave some petioles because they protect the axillary buds and axillaries with some petiole seem to spring into action better than those without.
What you're effectively trying to do now is raise a cutting with some root tissue. Avocadoes do grow from cuttings so it's your best chance.

I'd be interested to get other opinions on that. In my experience, abscission of the petioles seems to be the first indicator of new activity in an axillary bud. If the petioles just hang there the site is dead. Do others have the same general observation? (I have a Wurz [$49.99!] which looks not totally unlike those pictures but some swelling of lower axillaries looks like it is happening now.)
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