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Avocado wilt

Posted by dunedindan z9b FL (Tampa) (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 3, 13 at 10:59

I think we have the red bay wilt on our avocado. No frosts recently and branches are slowly dropping leaves. A neighbor's looks the same. Another neighbor's looks fine though.

Anyone have experience with this? Are there any ways to stop it or is the tree a goner? If so, would it come back from the stump?

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RE: Avocado wilt

Dunedindan,

With the bays and the ambrosia beetle that cause it the canopy generally turns brown all at once. Tomorrow go look at the trunk for toothpick shaped objects (frass) sticking straight out of the tree. If it has it the tree is done sadly.


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RE: Avocado wilt

I've got spiral whitefly in my yard (a different problem) and I'm watching various plants deal with it. Some recover. I'm going to lose some things I'm pretty sure. But I let a croton go completely bald and it came back from the dead a year later, which makes me think that I need to ride this out with each plant to see what can survive.
Not sure if that helps, but unless it's threatening to fall on your house, it might be worth it to ride it out and see what happens.


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RE: Avocado wilt

I don't see those tubes so maybe it's something else.
Btw... There are 2 screech owls that have been using the tree to sleep in the past few months.

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RE: Avocado wilt

Glad it does not appear to be the Ambrosia beetle. Like I said when the canopy goes brown it happens fast and it is the entire canopy. We have lost 100's of bay trees in the neighborhood to them in the past couple of years.


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