Avocado help

Aug 17, 2018
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Hi all. Just looking for some advice in regards to a few avocado pits I'm growing.


First of all, I have this pit that I've had in water for about 3 months now, and it's struggling to grow a proper stem. It has ok roots, I've been changing the water and cleaning it off every 4-5 days or so because any longer and I start to see the slimy bacteria build up in the water. It's in good light and is currently very warm here in Spain (30-40°C). I've grown a few other pits so far and I'm only seeing this strange situation for the first time - it tries to grow a stem but a day or two later it starts to go white on the top and dies off. A few days later there's a new shoot trying to do the same. As you can see in the photos it now has some 15-20 mini stems, some dead and some new ones. Is there something I'm doing wrong? How should I proceed with this as I can't seem to find any info for this online.


Secondly, I have attached a photo of an avocado tree that's about 2 years old that I also grew from the pit (I didn't know about pruning the tree when it gets to 6-8 inches the first time I tried this, which is why it's quite tall and sparse I guess). It started off really well and had amazing growth earlier this year. However it was in a small pot and was getting too large, so about May time I moved it into it's current larger pot. Shortly after I noticed some of the leaves started going Brown from the tips backwards. It slowly got worse and they started falling off. Reading online I have diagnosed this lilely to be salt burn as it shows the symptoms. Since then I have tried to use only bottled water from the store rather than tap water but it still seems to be happening. It lost about 75% of its old leaves but has since started growing new leaves. How does one go about curing a salt burnt plant?

Sorry for the long post and thank you in advance to anyone who can help.


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