Pear-shaped, mild nutty, and creamy flavored Avocados are incredibly nutritious. Their color might vary from purple to green depending on the type you are growing. Like any other tree, it is a delightful experience to watch the seed sprout and then see the Avocado plant grow. I have been into gardening for many years, but it was my first time with Avocados. And to see that my Avocado tree has no leaves was heart-wrenching.
Initially, I did nothing except keeping my hands on my head, watching bare stems and an unhappy plant, but I decided to sort the issue with my Avocado. Finally, I began by doing thorough research and observing my plant. Now, as I know why my Avocado tree had no leaves, I can guide you to make your Avocado tree healthy and happy. Being a passionate gardener, I know what it feels like to know that your plant is not happy. So let’s get started with my tips and tricks and grow a healthy Avocado plant.
Tips to Follow While Planting Avocado Seeds:
To grow a healthy Avocado, it is vital to consider the following elements:
- Never grow more than one Avocado in the same pot as they love to spread roots and can’t deal well with crowding. Moreover, if one plant is facing a disease, others may also harm.
- Secondly, place the plant where it can get sufficient sunlight. The lack of sunlight will weaken the leaf and make it fall after turning brown. Avocado needs at least 6 hours of daylight to live long in spring and summer.
- Avocado also needs nitrogen-rich fertilizers as compared to other plants.
- Avocados hate puddles, so keep the soil moist but not too wet. Drainage in pots is preferable when it comes to Avocados.
- Sometimes, we cannot rescue a plant even after making several attempts; in such cases, it might be a bad seed that is the culprit. A lousy seed may sprout and dye after some time, and in some cases, it might suddenly die after a year, more or less.
Why My Avocado Leaves Look the Way They Look; Reading the Leaves:
Sun Burned Leaves because of intense heat.
Senescent Leaves is a sign that the life of your Avocado leaf is ending, and it will be replaced by a new one soon. Moreover, it is a natural end.
Damaged by Mites, it is a sign that mites have been feeding on these leaves, and if you turn them, you will see tiny black mites.
Cold Damaged Leaves forms tiny dead spots on the leaf between veins, and all around.
Over-Watering and too wet soil make Avocado leaves pale green.
Why My Avocado Tree Has No Leaves?
The first thing to observe is whether your Avocado is dropping dried-out leaves, yellow leaves, or fresh leaves. The reasons might vary in every situation. Let’s have a look at the potential reasons behind dropping leaves in Avocado.
The weather in which leaves are dropping should be considered as during summers and spring. The Persea mites spell Avocado plants, especially in California.
In case of mite’s attack, remove the road dust from the surrounding area by paving, watering, or oiling and spray your plant with a miticide.
Other tiny creatures that might hurt your Avocado include caterpillars, borers, thrips, lace bugs and borers.
Moreover, root rot is a potential reason behind a dying Avocado tree which is unfortunately difficult to rehab. It makes the leaves weak, black, and breakable.
Nitrogen can be used to prevent root rot. Also, Avocado roots are sensitive to salt and ammonia so, using animal manure is not a good option.
Extreme Weather Conditions:
If your Avocado is dropping fresh leaves, observe if there has been an extreme weather condition like snowfall.
The plant might get a shock in case of extreme conditions, especially winters, and starts falling fresh leaves.
Pro Tips to Save Your Avocado Plant in Winters:
Avocado is an outdoor plant, and it needs appropriate sunlight to survive. If you live in an area with extreme weather:
- Keep your plant away from heating units.
- Use a spray bottle and mist the plant once a week with room temperature water. Overwatering might also aid in dropping leaves. Also, if the plant is under-watered, the leaves might fall.
- Do not use fertilizer in winters.
Indoor Avocado Dropping Leaves:
If your indoor Avocado plant is dropping leaves; take the following things into account,
Have you repotted your plant recently?
The shock of repotting can also lead to dropping leaves. In this condition, the plant will become stable on its own
Are you using regular soil for your Avocado?
Avocado requires loose soil, so if you are using regular soil, dropping leaves might be the reason.
Are you using salted water?
Use distilled or boiled and cooled water for your plant. If you have been using the salted water, keep your plant outside and water it for few minutes with unfiltered water.
Pro Tips for Indoor Avocado Plant:
- Keep changing your plant’s place inside your house to provide it light and air from different angles.
- Keep the soil of Avocado pot moist but don’t over water.
- Fertilize the houseplant after every three months.
How to Rehab Dying Avocado Plant?
The good news is that you can rehab your Avocado tree. The only thing that you need is to identify the reason which is making your tree sick. If you cannot identify it yourself, you can go for professional help or ask from experienced gardeners. Moreover, we are listing few techniques to revive your Avocado tree.
- Give a calcium rich environment to your plant. You can use gypsum; it is rich in calcium and also helps prevent forming new spores. Further, it makes a barrier to the growing fungal diseases.
- Spreading wood mulch is another good option to eliminate certain fungal diseases and bacteria’s development.
- Avoid overwatering your Avocado as it provokes fungal growth. Moreover, don’t water your plant in heat as it will be evaporated soon, causing the dried soil.
- Keep good drainage of your Avocado plant; otherwise, it aids in root rot. Also, the soaked roots invite several other issues.
- Spend in good quality fungicide.
- Investing in a good quality fertilizer will also keep your plant healthy.
- Also, try replacing the upper layer of soil. It will exclude pathogens.
How often should I water my indoor Avocado plant?
Watering two to three times a week is ideal for an indoor Avocado plant.
Why my Avocado trees have no leaves?
There might be several reasons behind leaves dropping. Some of them are:
- Root rot.
- Extreme weather conditions.
- Mites attack.
- Over watering.
Is it possible to revive a dying Avocado tree?
Yes, it is possible to revive a plant once you identify the reason. Root rot might be a condition when it is difficult to make the plant happy, but still, in some cases, you can cure it.
How to take care of an indoor Avocado tree?
- Use the loose soil for Avocado plant.
- Water your indoor plant 2-3 times a week.
- Keep a drainage system in your pots.
- Fertilize your pot soil after every three months.
- Avocado like sunlight, but too much exposure to heat can damage the leaves.
Take care of your avocado, keep a check on it to detect the problem at the initial stage, as it is easy to handle early and causes the minor damage. This is all about how I re-energized when my avocado tree that has no leaves.
I hope it will help you in identifying the problems in your plant and reviving your tree. In case you are still facing difficulties in restoring your avocado plant, you can seek professional help. Good luck. Grow green