Avocado tree leaves are dead on branches

leslie.parkerFebruary 1, 2011

We have a dwarf Haas avocado that we planted out in the yard as a puppy in march of 2005. It was growing well and healthy; gave us one good round of fruit in 2009. Last year we only got 1 avocado - just 1!

We had very heavy rain this fall/winter and now the leaves are turning brown, but not falling from the tree. It looks as if it's just dying branch by branch. We have heavy clay soil and we haven't watered it at all since the rains.

Note: we have a stack of firewood about 2 feet from the tree behind a lattice fence, covered in a plastic tarp. I also have a small teardrop tomato plant in a pot about 4 feet away which has since died off.

Could it be termites or something related to the firewood? Could it be related to some bugs from the tomato? Or - is it just drowning?

I have photos and will try to post them...I'm new to this site.

Thanks for any advice. (We are just sick about losing this tree...it was a gift when my father died.)

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Avocados are susceptible to a variety of root rots and require exceptional drainage. With your clay soil and excessive amount of rainfall this winter, I'd suspect that poor drainage is the culprit.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 12:45PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Me three, but fotos may confirm improper planting as well. Anyone down there can go inland a bit and see that most of the groves remaining are on hillsides. For a reason.


    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 1:05PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

you will need a photo hosting site like photobucket.com to post pix ...


    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 1:09PM
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