Worried about my hass avocado tree

FarmerArmbandOctober 14, 2012

Transplanted my 8ft tall avocado tree from the container to my yard about 1 week ago. The weather was perfect (around mid 70s). Today it is about 90F and the weather says it is gonna stay like this until thursday. My tree has been suffering from shock and now that the sun is brutally hitting the leaves, some of them are drying up and curling. I've created a shade structure but it's only temporary as it is very unstable. What steps can I take to make sure it doesn't die out on me?

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did you treat the roots with b-1?

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 12:44AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Well, timing is rough, for sure, and avocados are extremely sensitive about root disturbance. First off, apply some wood chip mulch under the tree, but keeping it away from the trunk by about 6 inches. If leaves fall, leave them under the tree, do not remove them. Be sure the tree stays watered. Whitewash the trunk with flat latex house pain cut in 1/2 with water. You can also try applying transplant fertilizer (B vitamins) to the roots to help with transplant shock. Can't hurt. Definitely keep the tree shaded. When you plant an avocado tree, the best way to remove it from the pot is to lay it on it's side, and carefully pull the pot away from the rootball without yanking on the trunk. Never carry the tree by its trunk. Then, carefully put the rootball in the hole by holding the rootball, and not the trunk so you don't break off the feeder roots. You may have some leaf fall, but keep the soil moist through our next little heat wave, and hopefully it will revive itself.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 1:02AM
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It looks like I'll buy some b1 and latex paint and see what happens. Thanks patty, you've been helping me a lot.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 8:45PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Vitamin B1 won't help.

Water applied directly to the rootball will.

For a while, you'll need to water it just as if it's still in the container because the roots aren't yet in the surrounding soil.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 10:09PM
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