The Q&A Archives: transplanted 25' blue atlas cedar may 14, 2005

Question: i transplanted a 25' tall blue atlas cedar. it has been about a month. i have a drip line which comes on daily for 15 min & i hose water it about 1-2 times daily. a lot of needles have dropped, most of the others are browning. there are still some green areas but i am afriad it is dying. what can i do? any suggestions?

Answer: Based on your description I suspect the plant is undergoing extreme transplant shock. You may also be overwatering it, the soil should not be wet. The best you can do at this point is keep the roots evenly moist but not sopping wet or saturated -- the soil should be like a wrung out sponge. You might want to consult with a professionally trained and certified arborist to see if they have any suggestions, but I am afraid you may lose it. Good luck!

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