White PInes - Knowledgebase Question

Round Lake Beach, Il
Question by Ayme9inla
May 6, 2010
We purchased 2 White pines (5ft) on 4/26 & planted them 4/28 in the evening. Within a few days some of the needles are turning yellow. We have been watering them. I read a few links with similar concerns, but it appears there are several possibilities-parasites, too much wind sucking the moisture out, transplant shock, spring needle-shedding, or decline. Please advise-we love our twins!

Answer from NGA
May 6, 2010


I vote for transplant shock as being the cause of the problem. I'm sure your white pines were healthy when you planted them and since they've only been in the ground a week or two, it isn't likely they've contracted a disease. While it's true that pines can shed needles on an annual basis, I'm more inclined to think your trees are just going through a little transplant stress. As soon as the roots establish themselves in their new homes the trees will perk up. The best thing you can do for your trees is to water them deeply once a week and let them adjust to their new growing sites. They will - within a few weeks - and should begin to look healthy and happy. Best wishes with your new trees!

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