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Old 05-20-2012, 02:36 PM   #1
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problem with newly planted dwarf apple tree


I planted 4 dwarf apple trees this last week. One of them has brown curled dead leaves at the very top and some random yellowed leaves everywhere else (just a few). I've been watering them deeply every couple days. The weather has been dry and temps in the 70s and 80s. Am I possibly overwatering and not watering enough? I'm worried that I am over watering because I'm sure they haven't dried out at any point. I did plant as instructed digging very large holes and adding loose dirt with humus/manure mix. The root ball was level with the ground and I didn't overly pack the dirt back in. Thanks for any advice.

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If it's only been a week, just give them some time.

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I always pruned about 1/3 of the top growth off of newly planted trees. This shocked some clients but it also shocked energy into the roots and branches rather than just the leaves.

Right when you plant a new tree, even a small one, is also a great time to prune for basic structure problems. Crossing branches, those that will form dangerous water trapping crotches and those growing inward are only going to get worse and haunt you later in life as the tree grows so now is the time to get rid of them.

I would not worry too much about a few dead leaves and some yellow ones. Transplanting a tree is a shock. If it is really hot and windy you might mist the leaves until the trees take hold on their own. Just do it early enough in the day that the leaves dry out before dark or you will get fungus and insect problems in short order. Be careful not to over water the root ball. Deep and infrequent should be your long term goal. You do not want the roots to sit in soil too wet and especially with a high clay content.

There is also a product called Wilt Pruf you might turn to as a last resort. It has advantages and disadvantages and I used it only if planting in extremely hot weather or with impending Northern California frosts looming late in the Fall.

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Thanks, that is helpful. I won't worry about it for now. I am going to stick my finger into the soil before watering to see how wet it is exactly from now on instead of guessing it is dry because of warm windy weather. It's just been many years since I've planted a store bought tree I foget how to keep them alive
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