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Q.I think my newly planted profusion crab apple tree is dying or not growing. How can I tell for sure?

Zone Lake Zurich, IL 60047 | Anonymous added on June 6, 2020 | Answered

We had a 6′ profusion crabapple tree planted late October last year. At the time of planting, the tree we bought was bare but I thought it was because it was late October. It is already June but not much is growing. Just barely some leaves and we cut off some dead branches. We’ve had a lot of rain this Spring so watering was not necessary in this region. Is my tree dying or is this normal the for a new planting? What can I do?

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Answered on June 7, 2020

This can be quite normal for a year or two, as it adjusts to planting. I would make sure and put a HANDFUL of DOLOMITIC LIME, and a TABLESPOON of WETTABLE SULFUR around the tree. Do this once a year, and fertilize it with a fruit tree fertilizer once per year in spring, or use mulch or compost each year.


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