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    Baby trees, alive or dead?

    Aside from the old 'scratch the bark and see if it's green underneath' method of seeing if a tree is alive, is there any other way to tell? Or a way to look at the roots to see if those are still alive?

    I planted my 10 trees (in pots since I'm an apartment dweller) following the included instructions and had had luck with them the previous year by doing this until a bug infestation killed them. This year, they all look quite dead except for one that is still showing green beneath the bark, so in short I'm just looking for a way to check the others more thoroughly.

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    RE: Baby trees, alive or dead?

    If you flex a branch and it's brittle and snaps off, you can determine that the branch is dead and track your way down to anything that might still be alive.

    You can't really go by the roots because there may be enough energy stored up for the tree resprout at the base or a lower point on the tree but that may not be worth salvaging.

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