dying Persimmon tree - Knowledgebase Question

Los Angeles, Ca
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Question by makhmaljoon
July 13, 2010
We moved to this house 3 months a go. Since about a month ago we noticed the Persimmon tree's leaves are turning yellow and them getting dry and turning brown and them falling. The fruits are also falling. The tree is dying. we don't know what is the problem. Is it too much water or not enough water? How can we tell?

Answer from NGA
July 13, 2010
Sounds like overwatering or poor drainage causing consistently soggy soil. When soil is saturated for extended periods of time it will drive out the oxygen. Plant roots need oxygen as well as moisture. Too little oxygen can suffocate the roots and cause the symptoms you describe. It may be that your persimmon tree can recover if you are careful with watering, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. The best way to water your tree is to build a watering well or watering basin beneath the tree, flood the basin with water, allow to drain, then flood it a second time. Do this once a week. Watering in this way will concentrate the moisture directly over the rootmass and allow it to trickle down, wetting the entire root system. Once a week is all it should need. I hope your tree recovers.

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