2 months ago

Avocado tree leaves turing brown


My 1 year old avocado tree's leave suddenly started turning brown about a month ago. At the same time all new growth stopped for two weeks. It has since grown new leaves that don't seem to be affected. The browning pattern seems to be quite distinctive.

It is in a large pot and was grown from seed. The mother plant in the garden does not show the same signs. Nothing really changed around the time that I can think caused it. There were a couple days I was away and didn't water, some leaved wilted but everything seemed to recover within an hour of watering.

Any suggestions on how I could fix this? Will it continue into the new growth or are those leaves somehow immune?


3 answers


It is always difficult to define the nutrient deficiency or toxicity symptoms in plants because it depends on severity, stage of the plant and other conditions. But it could be magnesium deficiency as Andreas mentioned. The main symptoms are discoloration of older leaves, particularly between veins (but veins will remain bright dark colored). Under severe cases of magnesium deficiency necrosis of tissue interveinally and/or along leaf margins may occur.

There are several guides available online to diagnose the problem in avocado.

Andreas 2 months ago

Hey John, I would agree to Kelsee that the patterning between the veins is caused by nutrient deficiency. But you don´t look at potassium lack. This type of patterning is caused by ferric or magnesium lack. In case of ferric lack you would see the first damage on the young leafs. In case of magnesium lack you see the first damage on the older leafs. Because in your picture the young leafs look healthy, I would say you look at magnesium lack.

Kelsee Baranowski 2 months ago

The patterning in between the veins looks like a nutrient deficiency to me. I would guess it's due to low levels of potassium because of the dark purple/brown color vs a yellowing color that other mineral deficiencies tend to give the leaves.

You need to sign in if you'd like to add an answer or comment.