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Question: I recently planted a bing cherry and a montemorecy. The mont is doing very well but my bing has turned brown on the leaves and looks like it may be dying. It was bought the same week we had a late frost in oklahoma but not planted until after. Any ideas what may be wrong or what I may try doing to save this tree?

Answer: It isn't unusual for newly planted trees and shrubs to go through a period of adjustment. I suspect that's what is going on with your bing cherry tree. There really isn't anything special you need to do. Once the root system becomes established it will stop looking so pitiful. The only thing that will help it along is to receive water on a regular basis. Aim for one-inch of water per week. The easiest way to water your new trees is to make a water well or watering basin directly beneath each. Fill the basin with water, allow to drain, then fill it a second time. Watering in this way concentrates the moisture directly over the rootmass and allows it to trickle down and wet the entire root system. Once a week should do it - twice if the weather is really hot.

I expect your cherry tree will overcome the transplant stress and make up for lost time later this season.

Best wishes with your trees!

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