I recently purchased 2 Fuerte - 1 possibly Hass- avocados. For 2 weeks they lived on the porch receiving late afternoon sun. I watered them with rain water. They seemed happy. Then I moved them to a different town and they sat outside receiving sun from mid day to evening. I suspected it was too hot and started bringing them in at mid day. They've been here for 1 week. In which time I have watered them twice. The area's water is very rich in minerals.
My trees are drying out really badly despite watering and keeping the worst of the heat away. I looked closely and observed mealybugs. Just a few. I removed them and sprayed a neem oil solution today. I have new growth but the stems seem stressed. I don't know if they'll be able to support the new growth. It's happened very rapidly. I pinched the first few dry leaves but felt I shouldn't pinch all of them. My trees are about a foot high and the trunks were just starting to lignify, they are also grafted. drying out
What could the problem be and what should I do?