Avocado losing leaves

thomas12April 19, 2011

I have planted a Brogdon avocado last fall. It has been doing pretty good, no frost damage, flowers in February, new growth, but it suddenly lost almost all of its leaves. I have put some Mango/Avocado fertilizer on it in March and mulched it with oak leaves.

Does anyone have any idea what may be the problem? Fertilizer burn or a disease? Too much or too little water? What could I do to nurse it back to health? Thank you,

Thomas

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billbrandi(9)

I have a Brogdon that has been in the ground for about 8 years (maybe 15-18 feet tall). I do notice it dropping a lot of its leaves each spring when it puts out buds, and worried about it the first time, but have come to expect it.

If yours is losing "almost all" of its leaves you may have a problem, that should not happen. My suggestion: don't fertilize anymore, I have found that my tree only needs a little. Also, suggest you clear the mulch away from the trunk. I was one of those "if a little is good, a lot is better" people and had 2-3 inches of the trunk down to the ground covered with mulch. Leave the trunk bare so it does not get soaked constantly with water. See the article below on proper mulching and a mulch "volcano".

Good luck with your Brogdon. Mine does well when there is a freeze and I really like the fruit.

http://www.uvm.edu/pss/ppp/pubs/oh78mulch.htm

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 8:38PM
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c9pilot(9b/10a)

I just talked to Jene (of Jene's Tropicals) today about my bacon avocado and she told me it's normal when the tree is budding fruit for a lot of the leaves to drop.
However, she does not recommend mulching, and has set rules for fertilizing that I've been following successfully on my other fruit trees (see my 4-6-8 thread as I don't remember off the top of my head)

    Bookmark   April 19, 2011 at 8:55PM
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thomas12

Thank you all for the helpful comments!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 2:27PM
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katkin_gw

Those of you with dogs, be very careful growing avocados since the are very toxic to all animals even horses. Every part of them, the fruit, the leaves, the stems and bark.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 5:02PM
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