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Annandale, NJ
Loki31
Aug 3, 2017 5:25 PM CST
I'm taking care of my fiances sequoia tree while he is away on business and I think I am slowly killing it. Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong? Parts are turning brown Sad please help!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 3, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Welcome!

The soil in the pot looks pretty wet. Are you allowing the soil to go dry to about an inch down before watering?
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Annandale, NJ
Loki31
Aug 3, 2017 5:57 PM CST
i actually just watered it but I didn't water it yesterday. Not sure if it has been dry an inch down when I've been watering it but I will give that a try. Do I just poke a finger in to check?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 3, 2017 6:04 PM CST
Yes, poke your finger in. It sounds like you are overwatering.
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Aug 3, 2017 6:04 PM CST
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Annandale, NJ
Loki31
Aug 3, 2017 6:10 PM CST
thanks everyone!! i can't keep a cactus alive so needless to say he was very concerned when he left for his trip. Hilarious!
Annandale, NJ
Loki31
Aug 25, 2017 8:07 PM CST
Well I'm back from China and was excited to see the tree. Great growth while I was away, it looked pretty good! I slowed down watering it... but now I think I killed it as it's wilting (see photo).

I'm trying to justify that it's turning fall and this could be normal... but I fear the worst. Are there any tricks to revive the tree? Is it a goner?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 25, 2017 10:34 PM CST
Why did you water less if it was looking good with your fiance's care? Maybe your fiance should be caring for it now. D'Oh!
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 26, 2017 11:11 AM CST
But as long as the needles are still green, I think you're ok. Just get it outside for more light, warmth and continue to stick your finger in the soil before you water. Too much water will kill a plant much sooner than too little, especially a deep-rooted little tree.

If you're curious, you could turn the plant out onto a piece of newspaper - i.e. slide the root ball out of the pot. IF the soil is soggy at the bottom that could be causing the droopy attitude. Slip it carefully back in the pot, and set the pot on an old towel or something absorbent that will "wick" the water out of the bottom. All plants need air to get to their roots, so if there's water staying in the bottom soil in the pot, that's not happening, and roots will rot.

The pot does have a drainage hole, where some water comes out when you water it, right? When this happens, you should also empty the water out of the saucer under it.
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Annandale, NJ
Loki31
Aug 26, 2017 12:41 PM CST
Daisyl:
You're right! I should have kept a good thing going!

dyzzpypxxy:
I've rarely watered it to the point that water came out of the drainage holes. Typically I watered until the soil seemed well saturated. After watering, I would wait until the surface soil looked quite dry (a day or two later). Since it started wilting this week, I re-planted it in a much larger pot thinking perhaps it has outgrown the smaller pot. When I did re-pot, the soil below the surface was quite dry why I thought perhaps I've now been under-watering. The root ball hadn't reached the edges of the pot, but for sure now in the new pot the roots for sure won't sit in any pooled water.

The lower limbs are shriveled near the trunk, but there is still green.. I really hope it survives, about 1.5 years old.

Thanks!
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 26, 2017 1:19 PM CST
If you re-potted it this week, it may just be pouting a little bit from what we call 'transplant shock'. Plants do that.

Try not to obsess over every little change - plants like to be ignored and left to their own devices as long as you're giving them what they need - good light, enough moisture, warmth at this time of year which is the major growing season.
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Coppice
Sep 2, 2017 12:13 PM CST
If your pot has adaquate drains, and you have your tree put up in bonsai or cactus soil, immerse your plant when you water.

The exess water will drain off.
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