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  1. #1

    trouble growing

    I planted two trees last fall at my mother's house. They were sent to us in the mail and looked like a three foot stick with barely any roots on the bottom. This year is their first spring and only the bottom of the trees have any leaves. Are the tops dead? How could I tell if they are? Is there anything I could do to stimulate growth in the rest of the trees?

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    RE: trouble growing

    Dear trouble growing,
    It would be best if we knew what type of tree we are dealing with before we can give you specific instuctions as to how to maintain your
    saplings.
    With the information that you have given, i will try to give you a good
    "general response".

    First and foremost, it sounds like your trees were in stress before you planted them considering they had little root development before you planted them.
    Since i don't know what type of species we are dealing with...
    you could induce root and top development by making sure your basic soil and water and sun requirements are being met by your tree.
    Dye-back on the top of your tree is never a good sign. lower "sucker'
    or water-sprout growth on the lower half of trunk tells us that you still
    have a functioning root system. But to what degree or extent of development is unknown.
    i would cultivate around tree's root crown base or in and around drip-line of tree. add high nitrogen fertilzier, and maybe treat with growth hormones. If you have no results from that, i would be inclined to say that
    your tree hasn't developed enough to provide enough water and nutrients
    for top or crown development.
    i could give you more information "IF" i knew thr type of tree, and general information as: your area location, and "stuff" like watering, sun
    and soil specifics.

    A tree develops according to what it "eats", just like people. They get the
    basic nutrients and water from their ROOTS, and here lies the problem.

    good luck and hope you can send more details as to type and area.

    nativearborist

  3. #3

    RE: trouble growing

    Thank you for you information. I'm sorry I didn't give you enough to go on. They were both red maples planted in Central Ohio. Again thank you.

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