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Apr 15, 2017 10:58 AM CST
My great uncle recently trimmed down his pear tree and I took one of the branches to start my own.

I used a liquid root stimulator and planted it directly in the soil (as instructed) a few weeks ago. It started to sprout leaves surprisingly quickly but now the leaves are wilting.. Any idea what is happening?

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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Apr 15, 2017 1:03 PM CST
Perhaps the atmosphere indoors is too dry for it. Can you make it a little personal "greenhouse" out of a plastic bag?
Name: Daisy I
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Apr 15, 2017 3:07 PM CST
Yes, the inside of your house is too warm and dry. I suspect the cutting started growing leaves before roots and is now failing. The tricky part of rooting a tree is that you have to keep the roots warm and the tops cool - a heat mat in a cool room works well. Also, covering the top with a loose fitting clear plastic bag increases humidity but still allows for some air flow.

I just checked a couple reference manuals - they say softwood cuttings in spring are more successful than hardwood cuttings in fall.
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