My weeping cherry trees leaves have turned brown. They were green and beautiful just a month ago. What can I do?
Hardiness Zone: 8a
By Susan from Shreveport, LA
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Two years ago in August, I planted two weeping cherry trees. The first of May we went over and the trees where fine. I went back over one month later and most of the leaves have fallen off and the few that are left are brown. We started the sprinkler system in April and increased the water time to 30 minutes every morning (before was 20). What would cause the leaves to die and drop?
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By Angela from Oronda, WA
We planted a weeping cherry a couple of months ago and are watching it die. The leaves are browning and the branches are empty where the leaves have already died. About 1/2 of the tree looks like this. I've read about shock, fungus, etc. and they all say to trim back the dead branches. The problem is, this would leave me half of a tree. It's only about 6 ft tall now, faces southeast for morning sun, clay soil, and average drainage. Any help would be appreciated.
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Teresa from Woodstock, IL
I planted 2 of these trees only to have them both die. It turns out the spot I planted them in was way too wet and they drowned. Even though the ground looked dry, the hole would fill with water as it did not drain well due to our clayish soil. You might check yours for too much water.
We live in the middle of a small orchard that my husband and I planted. We've had all kinds of challenges with our trees.
Get yourself a 5 gallon plastic bucket (a fast food place might even give you one). Ask for an empty pickle bucket. About an inch and a half from the bottom, drill a 1/16th inch hole. Set the bucket by the tree and fill it with water.
Once a week with average rainfall and up to three times a week during particularly hot times.
Give your tree 15 gallons of water each week. Put a plastic bag in a bucket and poke a small hole in it for a slow drip, or use a hose with very low amounts of water to reach the roots. (09/27/2008)