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mesmer
Sep 27, 2017 3:20 PM CST
Our evergreen planted Christmas tree turned brown in spring - is there any hope for it still or will it go green again? It appears healthy, still has all its pine needles and we have kept it well watered.
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WillC
Sep 27, 2017 4:35 PM CST
Is it inside or outside? In a pot or in the ground?
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sooby
Sep 27, 2017 5:27 PM CST
Welcome!

Are any of the needles still green or partly green? If all needles are completely brown it is probably dead, unfortunately.
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DaisyI
Sep 27, 2017 6:33 PM CST
Bend a branch. If it snaps, your tree is dead.
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Edinburgh
mesmer
Sep 28, 2017 12:48 PM CST
Thanks for your replies, it's in a pot outside and all the needles are brown. I tried bending it but it didn't snap, it's still quite bendy. It's not looking hopeful is it!!
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Sep 28, 2017 12:53 PM CST
mesmer said:Thanks for your replies, it's in a pot outside and all the needles are brown. I tried bending it but it didn't snap, it's still quite bendy. It's not looking hopeful is it!!
When I was a teen, Dad got a live Christmas tree and we planted it outside quickly after. It grew wonderfully to 50 feet tall. I can still see it when I look at Google Maps.

Give it a chance. You'll know next year.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Sep 28, 2017 8:23 PM CST
If you can bend a branch without it snapping, there is hope. Last test: Scratch a branch with your finger nail or something sharp. If the layer right beneath the bark is green, all is good. If the layer right beneath the bark is brown or hard, it is dead.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Edinburgh
mesmer
Oct 4, 2017 2:18 PM CST
Thanks Daisyl - the layer underneath is very brown so unfortunately it's dead. Thanks again everyone for your advice!

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