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Avocado Tree in shock

Posted by chasemendenhall ( on
Wed, Dec 4, 13 at 12:31

Hi Everyone,
I grew an avocado from seed four years ago and after it grew more than 15 feet tall I donated it to Stanford University-- where I live and work. It was planted in the ground about 500 feet from where I live on campus and in similar light conditions. Expectedly, the tree went into shock after the planting, but with water and care it came back and looked good after a day.

Two weeks later it has started to wilt (see picture). I assumed it was water stress and gave it a good drink and waited for it to bounce back-- no luck.

I should add that it has been fairly cold here and recently dipped below freezing.

Any help would be appreciated.



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RE: Avocado Tree in shock


you already diagnosed transplant shock, and potential cold damage. ... what more can we say .;.. ????

besides worrying... lol.. all you can do .. i maintain proper watering.. and hope for the best ...

you said: I assumed it was water stress and gave it a good drink

==>>> i dont know how you jumped to water stress ... if well soaked at planting ... which i am presuming was recent.. i dont know how it needed more water .... want to give us some time reference ... regardless.. insert finger or use a hand trowel to FIND OUT WHEN IT NEEDS WATER... we dont rely on assumptions or guesses ...

i am not sure about that staking job.. below the midpoint.. in a good wind.. that tree might just snap off ...

i am thinking... with proper water MONITORING.... all you can do is wait for spring.. and see how it all flushes out..

looking forward.. i would NEVER fertilize a stressed plant... and yours will be considered stressed for a few months.. for sure ... so dont think that feeding it.. will help it ...

good luck


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