thundercloud plum trees - Knowledgebase Question

piedmont, Ok
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Question by rustysam
July 29, 2010
i planted two of these trees last summer, we think we overwatered them for the duration of the summer, we thought we had lost them,but this spring they looked like they were going to come back, we only water weekly if soil is dry under multch,
but they just are not growing like our other trees, the leaves go brown on the edges and fade away, more branches are going bare-what are we doing wrong ?

Answer from NGA
July 29, 2010
Your trees just don't sound very happy in their current locations. One deep soaking per week should be just fine for your plum trees but the brown leaf margins indicate the soil is remaining too wet (or you've overfertilized the trees). When soil remains too wet it can drive out the oxygen which can actually suffocate the roots. I wonder if it would be best for your trees if you dug them up this winter and either moved them to another spot in the landscape or if you mounded up some soil to make an island and planted them higher than your typical ground level? Making a raised planting area will ensure the soil drains well and this should help get your trees off to a good start. Just a thought.....

Best wishes with your plum trees.

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