As with any time you transplant some form of plant life it will sustain some kind of damage. This is because the roots that you are disturbing are similar to your insides (stomach, liver, kidney ect.) and if you go poking around in there it will cause some damage, just like getting surgery.
A good amount of this shock could have been stopped by a good transplant fluid, basically a vitamin bath you cover the plant and its roots in when moving it. It provides all the nutrients and good stuff for the tree
|Newly Transplanted Avocado Tree|
The leaf wilt from transplant shock
The transplant shock is rather pronounced in the wilting of the smaller newer leaves, as they tend to die out first, leaving the older larger healthier leaves to keep the plant going.
You can see where I put the tree, it gets full all day southern sun exposure, and the plot of dirt is surrounded by black asphalt which increases the heat in the area by probably 10 degrees. All said this little guy will have one heck of a time making it through this summer in its new location. Here is hoping I can keep my little tree alive and well!