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April 23, 2020 at 4:24 pm in reply to: Water shoots on young avocados #28437
Hi Julia and others, I have managed to see more photos and to chat to Julia and others. Julia reports only about 2% of the trees are affected. There are two theories and a different recommendation:
1. Some of the graft wood used came from tips that had already flowered – this can lead to multiple shoots one of which is dominant then others develop later. 2. The branches have arisen a few cm above the graft near what appears to be a cincture or damage to the stem and these were on the side of the orchard where stems were attacked by garden weevil, this may have stimulated bud development in the damaged area which has led to new shoots developing.
If they are not in the way just leave them for now as they will contribute to the overall photosynthesis of the young tree and help get it established. They can be taken off later if they don’t conform with your canopy management plans. Many thanks to Chris Searle and Graeme Thomas for their insights.April 21, 2020 at 4:47 pm in reply to: Water shoots on young avocados #28364
I have had a look at the photo you sent. What proportion of this planting have these lower branches? It is unusual and suggests that there may be an issue higher however the top growth looks healthy enough. Is there any damage higher up the stem e.g. sunburn of the bark, borers etc? If not I suggest you cut them off neatly at their origin and keep an eye on them, perhaps they will grow out of it. Regards Simon NewettApril 1, 2020 at 2:52 pm in reply to: Leaf drop just after planting #27982
Hi Julia and Shaun
This leaf drop is not normal or desirable. It is most likely to be related to some sort of stress brought about by the planting process and/or practices after planting. There are many possible causes. Despite the best care and attention, roots sometimes get broken, the finer roots are quite brittle and often just the weight of the potting mix will pull off a section. If this happens then the root:shoot ratio is compromised and the remaining root system may be insufficient to support the whole canopy (especially if conditions are dry and hot) and a commensurate amount of the canopy should be pruned off to restore this ratio. Have another look at the video called ‘How to plant an avocado tree’, find it in the BPR under Library/Videos (or type ‘how to plant’ in the Search box). There have been cases where growers have put fertiliser in the hole at planting, this burns the roots which also results in less roots to support the top. There are other cases where growers overwater or underwater following planting. Salt in the soil or irrigation water can have the same effect but you would probably see some burn along leaf edges as well. Also depends on the condition of the trees at planting, were they progressively hardened off before planting or have they come straight out of a cool moist shade house into the harsh hot dry windy environment of the field? Did you inspect the root systems of a few trees to see if they were healthy and well developed? Most of these are covered in the video. Hope this helps. Regards, Simon Newett