Wilting Leaves On Recently Planted Weeping Cherry Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Staten Island, NY
Question by TTHMOM
May 30, 2001
1 week ago I planted a weeping cherry tree. The tree is roughly 8 feet tall with a grafted diameter of 5 ft. I have begun to notice some leave wilting with abrownish/blackish color. This doesn't appear normal am I over watering or under watering ? I provide about 4 gallons of water daily. Also Should I be fertilizing so soon? If so what type of fertilizer is recommended


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Answer from NGA
May 30, 2001

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Based on your description I would suspect overwatering to be the cause. The goal in watering is to keep the soil evenly moist, but not sopping wet. In cool weather and in rainy weather, you will not need to water as often as in hot dry weather. Use your finger to check the soil and water only if it is dry. Also, apply a mulch to the area surrounding the tree (keep it several inches away from the trunk) to help keep the soil temperature and moisture more even. Since you have just purchased the tree, I would also suggest that you consult with the nursery where you bought it as to watering and fertilizing recommendations in view of any warranty they may offer.

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