Thursday October 4, 2012
A healthy, green, flower-bearing desert willow went into severe, immediate transplant shock when re-planted. I suspect I added too much steer manure and salt which caused the problem and I am watering generously to combat. Any suggestions?
I suppose there could be several reasons why a tree or shrub does not survive when transplanted, and in your case I am assuming you are referring to a new tree that you purchased and then removed from its container and placed into the ground, rather than moving an existing tree from one area to another. Sometimes it can be caused by improper planting by not tearing apart the root ball a bit to loosen the compacted roots. However, this should not result in an immediate reaction. Sometimes it can be improper watering - too much or too little, depending on the kind of plant. Some folks "love" their plants to death by over-watering and drowning the plant, as the roots do need oxygen and often need to dry out between waterings.
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