The Q&A Archives: Replanting Trees

Question: I replanted a tree. The leaves are wilty looking. Is there anything I can do to pep up the leaves and make them look healthy?

Answer: It is not at all unusual for newly transplanted trees and shrubs to go into shock. Healthy plants will overcome this condition in a few weeks. You may have severed some roots during the digging and replanting process. If the damage isn't too extensive, I suspect your tree will recover in time. You can help things along by providing water on a regular basis and withholding fertilizer until new growth appears. Most landscape trees and shrubs need one-inch of water each week, especially during the spring and summer growing seasons.

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