The Q&A Archives: Tartarian Cherry tree

Question: I bought a Tartarian cherry tree from you on May19 and planted it. It was growing at an amaseing rate untill the other day when all of the leaves curled up and died. The only thing I did was to put in fertilizer stakes for fruit trees. I was instucted to do this. Can you advise me if this tree is dead and do I need to bring it in for a new one?

Answer: Sudden death can be caused by water stress or by salt burn from overfertilization. Tree stakes don't normally release copious amounts of fertilizer, so unless you used too many or placed them too close together, I don't think that's the cause. Dig down near the root system to see just how moist or dry the soil might be. It should be obvious to you if the soil is too wet (which can suffocate roots) or too dry (which can cause drought like symptoms). The tree may perk up once you've resolved the water stress issue. Best wishes with your tree!

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