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Avocado losing leaves

Posted by thomas12 9 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 19, 11 at 13:15

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,


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RE: Avocado losing leaves

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.

RE: Avocado losing leaves

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)

RE: Avocado losing leaves

Thank you all for the helpful comments!

RE: Avocado losing leaves

  • Posted by katkin 9b/10a PSLFl (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 21, 11 at 17:02

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.

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