New tree not doing well

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New tree not doing well

Post by Gu » Thu, 13 May 2004 23:31:15



We just bought a 15-foot tall Hawthorne tree in Westchester County
(that's north of NYC) from a reputable nursery. But it's not doing
that well.

It's been planted 2 weeks and while there are small buds on many
branches, they seem brown and withered. It is not dead but seems to be
struggling.

We asked the nursery and they said it was a very cold winter so don't
expect much and you have to give it a month for the weather to warm
up.

Maybe that's true but is there something we should be doing? How would
I know if they didn't plant it well? It has been kept watered (not
soaked, it gets water every day). And it is in a sunny spot.

Does a newly planted tree often do poorly when it's moved?

 
 
 

New tree not doing well

Post by Babbern » Fri, 14 May 2004 00:55:42



Quote:
>We just bought a 15-foot tall Hawthorne tree in Westchester County
>(that's north of NYC) from a reputable nursery. But it's not doing
>that well.

>It's been planted 2 weeks and while there are small buds on many
>branches, they seem brown and withered. It is not dead but seems to be
>struggling.

>We asked the nursery and they said it was a very cold winter so don't
>expect much and you have to give it a month for the weather to warm
>up.

>Maybe that's true but is there something we should be doing? How would
>I know if they didn't plant it well? It has been kept watered (not
>soaked, it gets water every day). And it is in a sunny spot.

>Does a newly planted tree often do poorly when it's moved?

Transplant shock is common and normal.  If this was a container-grown
tree, it may be planted too deeply--the first root flares should be
visible above the soil surface.  Otherwise, just keep it watered
without leaving it soggy and give it time to adjust.  For more info,
see www.treesaregood.com

Keith Babberney
Isa Certified Arborist
For more info about the International Society of Arboriculture, please visit http://www.isa-arbor.com/home.asp.
For consumer info about tree care, visit http://www.treesaregood.com/

 
 
 

New tree not doing well

Post by Kay Lancaste » Fri, 14 May 2004 06:42:07



Quote:
> Does a newly planted tree often do poorly when it's moved?

Yes, but... did they tarp the top or transport it in a closed truck
when they moved it?  Driving down the highway for an hour or two with
the wind *** past really dries out trees pretty badly, especially
if they're moisture-stressed to begin with.

An old consulting arborist I knew used to insist the north side of the tree
had to be marked in the field, and then the tree replanted with the mark
to the north; that the chance of sunscald of the trunk was greatly
lessened by doing so.  And he seemed to be right, from my observations.

Pretty good site: http://www.moonsgarden.com/

Kay