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My avocado plant's stem is turning brown!

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 06:59

Dont repot it at the moment - wait until March or April and then you can re-pot it using a mixture of multi-purpose compost mixed half and half with vermiculite. A terracotta pot is fine.

Don't give much water in the winter - only enough to keep the compost just damp.  In the summer wait until the compost is almost dry and then give the pot a good soaking then allow it to drain well.  Don't water again until it is almost dry.

If the room where your plant is has a dry atmosphere you can mist it occasionally but do not soak it.  You could try standing the pot in a tray of small pebbles with water around them so that the evaporation will moisten the atmosphere but don't stand the pot in the water.

Feed with Baby Bio (according to the directions on the bottle) once a month in spring and summer only.

It can go outside in the summer after the last frost (usually the beginning of June is safe) but don't allow the leaves to scorch in the hot sun - a semi-shaded position is best.  I would stand the pot outside rather than planting it in the ground then having to uproot it - you're likely to damage the roots that way.

And eat some more avocados and grow some more plants, then if the worst happens to one plant it won't break your heart quite as much

Good luck



Posted: 24/01/2015 at 06:34

Good morning all

Wet outside and 2.4C at the moment - the temperature didn't go below freezing last night.  That's the first time for a while.

It's raining at the moment but the forecast is for a sunny day - hopefully the sunshine will bring some birds out for the Garden Birdwatch - but I don't suppose my Grey Wagtail will appear again ...


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 19:35

You enjoy your cooker BL


Think I'm going to snooze

Fox Glove

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:26

The slugs don't seem to bother them here ... but it might be a case of famous last words

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:25

Matty ((hugs)) that is such fantastic news!!!  I am so happy for you!!!   Glasses will be raised to you here this evening

Verdun - well done - really well done



Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:03

That looks great BL - loadsa space

Fox Glove

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 16:00

Every year some pop up in my veg patch - I just transplant them into the Shady Bank

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 15:37

I've just gone into my Profile settings - it took some time for the Browse button to appear. Does yours appear eventually?

Geranium rozanne

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 13:00

Not to worry - there's loads of plants that do that.  They tend to be the ones we call herbaceous perennials - a bit of information here .

I tend to leave the dead stems etc on the plant over winter and cut them back in late winter/early spring as I believe it helps to protect the crown of the plant and also provides cover for wildlife. 

Hope that helps

Fox Glove

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 12:52

All you need to do for English native foxgloves is scatter the seed where you want the plants to grow, and stand well back. 

Thin the seedlings out as they grow, transplanting those you gently ease out of the soil. 

There's no need for heat or even the protection of a cold greenhouse - they're tough as old boots and will grow happily in a suitable place.

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