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Q.Do large (11feet ‘high) weeping willow trees get delivered from a garden centre with bare roots?

Zone Ne455qb | Anonymous added on April 16, 2020 | Answered

I received a weeping willow tree for my 60th birthday by my friends at work. It was in January this year, it arrived with about a foot of bare roots and no planting instructions. We planted it straight away to the same depth it appeared to have been at and watered in and have kept watered when it it has been dry. But there are no buds at all showing on 16th April, do you think it is dead or does it take a while to get going?

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Answered on April 21, 2020

It is quite normal to receive a bare root tree. This is the most cost effective way to ship while in dormancy.

What you can do now is scratch the skin of the tree with your nail. If there is green under anywhere, or it looks like living tissue, then it will likely come out when it is ready. If there is no green anywhere at all, then your tree might be dead.


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