New Avocado Tree - Why Would Leaves be Drooping and Dying?
Fri May 01, 2009 10:19 pm
I purchased a Haas avocado tree that stands about 4 ft tall. I dug a huge hole, mixed soil ammend and 2 cups of avocado tree fertilizer and planted the tree in full sun. The original leaves and dying at the end and droopy. What gives? (BTW, I'm in Orange County, CA)
You ammended too much fertilizer far too soon. You've probably burned the roots. I would pull up the plant and plant somewhere else or somehow get out as much of that fertilizer as you can. While the plant is uprooted give the roots a good washing until it looks pretty much bare root. Then replant.
You should wait at least 2 months before fertilizing any fruit tree that you plant in the ground.
Alot of trees come with a tag containing pretty basic information. Fact is the tags are usually wrong because they don't take into account the local climate. You'll see the same tag on an avocado trees sold here as in Pensacola. However, soil here is calcerous(don't know if I spelled that right) and it does not get as cold as up there. Your best bet is to check your local agricultural extension office. Here is Florida's: