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Looks like the original tip meristem is dead, and the side branch has taken over. Let it grow. The side branch is your new main trunk now.


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Not sure if you've abandoned it at this point, but hopefully not! I had something similar happen to one recently, brown, shrivelled and still short at that point. I kept it in water for a while longer (a few weeks I think) and then two new roots started growing out of the old brown one. Since then it's grown a lot more too and is looking pretty healthy ...


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Trees in general, including the avocado, are programmed to replace the leader if it is lost. The issue that arises is that there may be multiple leaders emerge from the side shoot candidates. This causes the new tree to be somewhat shorter and sturdier than the original which had one strong leader. Pruning to favour one of the new leaders can restore the ...


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