Trees and Shrubs forum: Golden Dawn Redwood Dying

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jsappington
Jul 25, 2017 8:17 PM CST
Hi everyone,

I bought this Golden Dawn Redwood about 2 months ago and it hasn't been doing well.. this tree was bought as a symbolic gesture for my wedding and won't be planted in the ground for another year or so. It currently has rocks in the bottom along with water holes drilled in the bottom.. I used miracle gro potting mix.

I'm afraid that I may have burnt it when I put some miracle grow fertilizer on it I was using for my garden.. however, even before that the tree hasn't been doing well.. It is in partial sunlight catching the morning sun up until about 1pm. I am watering it about every 3 days.. should I increase how often I'm watering? I water until I see some water drain out of the bottom.

Any help is much appreciated as I really want to keep this tree alive


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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 26, 2017 3:57 AM CST
Welcome!

When you bought it, was it in a pot? Is there any way it can go in a larger pot (without rocks in the bottom which impede drainage, counterintuitive as that may sound) and be sunk into the ground to keep the roots cooler and provide wind stability absent the rocks? Was the root system very disturbed when you planted it?

Whether it is being watered enough or too much depends on how much the potting mix dries out between waterings. What sort of climate do you live in? Keeping it alive in a pot for a year or more may not be easy.

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