The Q&A Archives: Checking the Viability of Dormant Fruit Trees

Question: I purchased some dormant fruit trees from both Henry Fields and Gurneys and coincidentally they all arrived on the same day. The apple and plum trees that I ordered from Henry Fields sprouted in about 10 days. The pecan trees that I ordered from Gurneys still have not sprouted. All the trees arrived the middle of Feburary. Laura Holt Indiantown, FL

Answer: It sounds like the plums are growing fine. The pecans should sprout soon. Check the health of the tree by breaking the tips of one branch and see if the wood is still green. If it is, give the pecan a dose of fertilizer to see if that stimulates any bud growth. After another week or two, if you see no signs of life, call Gurneys and get a refund!

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