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What is wrong with my avocado tree?

julia2
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What is wrong with my avocado tree?

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My 3 year old avocado tree has brown bits on all it's 'stems/trunks/branches'.  I've tried watering it less, and watering it more :smile: 

The disease seems to continue and spread to any new stems.  It was in a 40L bucket for 2 years as we were at a rental (this did have good drainage) and has been in the ground now for probably 4 months. 

Do I just give up on it due to the extent of the brown stuff?

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: What is wrong with my avocado tree?

Hello @julia2

 

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's fantastic to have you join us, and thank you for sharing your question about your avocado tree.

 

I'm sorry to hear that your avocado tree is not in the best of health. Would it be possible for you to post a closer photo of the branches and the leaves that have been affected? Can you also please include a photo of the bottom of the affected leaves. This will allow us to assess the condition of the tree and give you a better diagnosis. We'll then be able to offer you recommendations on how to treat your tree.

 

We look forward to seeing the photos.

 

Eric

 

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julia2
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Re: What is wrong with my avocado tree?

Hello Eric,

Thank you for your reply.  I have attached some more photos now. 20220531_110353.jpg20220531_105947.jpg

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: What is wrong with my avocado tree?

Hello @julia2

 

Thank you so much for posting those photos. Looking at the leaves and the pattern of the die-off leads me to believe that it might be a fungal infection. I'm sorry but I'll be needing a little bit more information. Have you been having a lot of rain lately in your area? If you remove that sandy topsoil near your avocado plant is it damp underneath? Does it have a faint smell of rot or very damp vegetation? 

 

Organic matter when left in a body of water tends to release gasses. If the root system of your avocado has been drenched continuously, there is the possibility that the water has been trapped and is not draining away from the area. This condition causes root rot. As a quick experiment try digging near your avocado tree near the roots and see if you notice excessive moisture trapped in the soil.

 

Let me call on our experienced members @Noelle and @Adam_W for a second opinion on what could be infecting your avocado tree.

 

If you have any other questions we can help with, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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Noelle
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Re: What is wrong with my avocado tree?

Agreed, more info needed. However, I think you are heading in the right direction, Eric.

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