The Q&A Archives: Fruit Trees

Question: Hi- I have 2 dwarf bing cherry trees that are 4 years old. 1 of the trees is producing a decent amount of fruit for it's age and the other looks almost dead with very few buds. The trees are planted near each other in the same type of soil and I fertilize and maintain each equally. The buds that are on the sick tree appear brittle and look like they will not bloom. Any suggestions to bring this tree back to life? Thanks for your time- Michael Mahany

Answer: Brown buds can be caused by a light frost (unlikely in your situation) or by a fungus; possibly brown rot or Botrytis. Without seeing the tree, it's difficult to diagnose. I suggest you clip one of the branches with the dead buds and take it to your local cooperative extension office for microscopic examination. They are located in the Rockingham County Complex at 113 North Road in Brentwood. Office hours are 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM , Monday-Friday. Phone (603) 679-5616 or 1-800-248-6672 (NH only).

Best wishes with your cherry trees.

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