A few years ago I grew an avacado plant from some seed and some time later leaves started turning brown and fell from the plant. I tried a lot, but landed on the thought that perhaps since it has never been fertilized, it was dying.

So after repotting it for better drainage and what not, I bought some fertilizer, and things started to slow down. But Nancy the avacado plant is back at its favourite things to do, dying, being dramatic, and making me worried. I honestly have no idea what could be causing this. I water it once every two days (usually every day), with a cup or two of water. I hope the pictures provided can help you help me decide what to do to prevent its death.

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  • Try to give it less water, every day seems a bit much. Try to let the top layer of the soil to dry out (feel it with your fingers) before watering it again.
    – benn
    Sep 4, 2018 at 7:26
  • it looks etoliated as well. Does it only live inside?? Sep 4, 2018 at 7:31
  • I think it just needs more space and sun. Plant Nancy outside.
    – Rob
    Sep 4, 2018 at 16:13
  • graham chiu and rob, Nancy is strictly an indoor avacado . does she need solely more sun?
    – J Doe.
    Sep 4, 2018 at 19:29
  • @ J Doe. I am sorry to break the news but Avacado is a tree (a very large tree) and it needs to be outside at some point. You might try a bonsai of some kind but I would say based on how large its gotten already it's too late for that.
    – Rob
    Sep 5, 2018 at 15:21

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I've been told to not have a plate under the pot. The water needs to drain through. Local nursery will even slash the side of the plastic container to help the water drain. Currently 1 of my avocado trees are struggling because of too much water... In the summer I water then every day, winter same amount every 3 days and it was still struggling!!!! Usually the issue is a water issue.

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