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    Damaged roots when transplanting

    I received my baby trees last November and planted them in my garden bed. They grew so much over the year that I decided I should transplant them to their permanent spot. I prepared the new holes then went to dig up the trees. I thought I was doing pretty good but noticed that I may have damaged some of the roots. It's been a few hours since transplanting and two of them look pretty good but one of them looks as though the leaves are drying out. Do you think that it will "rebound" in the spring? I know sometimes trees get "shocked" during transplant but given time they come back. I've had some trees do poorly the first full year after planting then they look great the following season. I'm hoping I don't lose the tree because it was doing so well.

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    Super Moderator Oak Quirky Quercus's Avatar
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    Oct 2004
    It's anybody's guess. Transplanting usually involves cutting roots and there is always a chance that the tree won't recover.
    That's why it's better if you can plant them in their final place from the get go.

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