I think the answer to the question of why the leaves are falling off
is that your treelet may be rootbound, or that their tap root needs
more room. They like tall, deep pots, and you really have to keep them
from freezing for the first ten years or so, before you can expose
them to light freezing temperatures. It's probably best to keep them
in pots during this time, but you will have to repot periodically.
I kept one going for six years, before going on vacation and the
neighbor killed it; it required repotting every six month or so for
the first two years, then I got the hang of it and just got a really
My bay trees do not grow nearly so fast, and have only had to repot
twice in eight years.
Also check with the nursery and get the best potting soil you can for
A good one may even be able to 'sex' the plant for you when it gets
big enough. Did you know avocados come in genders? (the usual two,
To get avocadoes of any description you will need two trees, or as the
previous poster suggested, getting one with grafts on it of both male
and female branches.
Good luck. they can be rewarding household companions.