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Question: early in Feb I dug up several mango trees and logan trees. both tropical exotic fruit type trees. I realize that you are suppose to water it daily for few weeks after planting them. I dug them up from another place and planted them in my yard. I figure I give it a few months to go through it's shock stage and then determine if they made it or died. Well all of these trees are brown leaves on them. I did the scratch the bark of the base of the trees to see if any sign of fleshy green shows up. All I get is dried bark when I scratch them. Should I determine that all of them are dead? The only reason why I am still leary is because I had a guava tree a few years back died back and I thought it was dead and was too lazy to pull it out. Well a couple of years pass and there is signs of new growth at the bottom of that guava how do I know for sure all these other trees I moved in Feb to my house is totally dead?

Answer: James,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

I think based on your description that they are dead. The guava I assume wasn't transplanted and still had living roots so it respouted. These probably just suffered to much transplant shock to make it. If you like you can wait another month just to be sure but if there is any regrowth it will likely be at the base of the tree.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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