Please help me not kill Avocadro
October 16, 2010 5:57 PM Subscribe
Keeping my avocado tree happy over winter: please help a not-very-experienced plant owner.
posted by galadriel to home & garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We sprouted three avocado pits (it takes a heck of a lot longer than you'd think, doesn't it?) One of them never thrived when we planted them. The other two grew well; we put them in pots, re-pot them as they grow, keep them outside during summer (3/4 of the year) and bring them inside for a few months when it gets colder out. We typically only water it if the leaves look dry.
Last year, when they were two years old, one of them just died while inside. The leaves suddenly yellowed and fell off, and it never came back in the spring. The other lost a few leaves, but not many, and has been quite healthy-looking since March.
So we only have the one left, now 3 years old. I'd like to do right by it this winter. I don't know what happened last year (and googling at the time didn't help much) so I'm not sure what to do differently this year. I'm not really much of a gardener, so please be patient and use small words :)
The leaves are starting to turn yellow. Do avocado trees usually lose their leaves in fall? They have not in the past. It's getting cool early this year, so we can go ahead and bring it inside if we should, but it's still getting into the 80's in the day and only down to the high 40's at night occasionally, otherwise 50's or 60's.
Since one died inside last year, should we just leave it out all winter? We typically get about a month of high70's/low30's, with a week or so of low 20's temperatures.
I've read my state agricultural extension page on avocado trees (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg213) but it seems focused on a) knowing what kind of avocado you have, and b) planting in the ground in the right climate. It also seems to contradict info I found elsewhere, so now I'm really confused, but still don't know what to do with Avocadro for the winter.