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Q.Eucalyptus Tree Help

mcisne added on June 8, 2020 | Answered

Hi! We recently bought a eucalyptus tree from a garden center. That same day we repotted the tree into a vase with a hole in the bottom (pictured below). The lady there sold us drainage balls to put at the bottom of the pot (takes up about 1/3 of the pot currently). I made the mistake of not loosening the root ball well enough and it didn’t get a deep water until a week later when we started to notice the leaves looked yellow. I added some soil to the pot that she sold us, but I didn’t cover the top of the tree with much. Since then, I tried to loosen up the root ball and have watered more thoroughly. We get direct sunlight on the balcony and it sits out there every day. Having said all this, the tree doesn’t look super healthy…The top looks like the day we bought it but the bottom leaves are falling and are turning brown. Some of the twigs are also more yellow at the bottom. Please help if possible! Thanks.

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Answered on June 10, 2020

Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. I am unable to see the damage.

Usually, adding stress when a tree is already stressed will cause more damage. Repotting or disturbing the roots during stress can cause anything from infections to very sudden death of the tree.

Unfortunately, when a plant goes through transplant shock the more that you do to try and help, the worse the plant will get. Care in this case will be to provide the correct environment until it recovers.

Here is an article that will help you to know what the tree needs to survive:


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