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Boston ma
Garnaout
Oct 18, 2017 6:54 AM CST
Bought this tree around 2 months ago and it’s been slowly dying since I planted it. Can anyone assist in understanding what could be going wrong? I am a total noob to gardening.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Oct 18, 2017 4:48 PM CST
Sometimes it's just a plant in poor health to begin with. Can you get a replacement from the seller? I doubt that it's going to recover well. Might have been transplant shock too. What's your weather been like since you planted it?
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Oct 18, 2017 5:02 PM CST
How do the roots look?
Boston ma
Garnaout
Oct 18, 2017 7:20 PM CST
Thanks for the prompt replies

@shadegardener - Anything I could do to revive them? I travel a lot and it's a major hassle to switch them (and most likely the vendor will not accept the return)

@RpR - sorry if this sounds silly but how can I tell the condition of the roots when they are completely underground? What am I looking for to see if they're dead?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 18, 2017 7:58 PM CST
While you were traveling, was someone watering your newly planted shrubs?
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Oct 18, 2017 8:25 PM CST
Gardeners look at roots of plants in poor health often.

Roots of a healthy plant are white or light colored and firm. Overwatered roots are dark colored, and falling apart, and are Slimy, limp and often have a bad odor. The odor is rot. I am pretty new to succulents this year, and boy did succulents teach me how to spot root rot. Rolling on the floor laughing

Take the plant out of the pot. Wash off a little area of the soil with a hose, and inspect the roots. If they are ok, put the plant dirt back and replace the plant. If not you will have to tend to them, removing the bad ones and treating what you can save. If they are all very bad, you plant probably will not recover, sorry to say.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 18, 2017 9:38 PM CST
Are there drainage holes in your planters?
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Boston ma
Garnaout
Oct 19, 2017 12:00 PM CST
Plant has been properly watered (it consistently rains here in Boston) and there is proper drainage.

I'lll take a look at the roots and potentially remove the plant from the soil to clean up the roots
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 19, 2017 12:07 PM CST
You don't have to dig it up to check the roots as the top of the rootball should be at the soil surface. Did you plant it deeper than it was in the can it came in?

It appears, in your photo, that the plant was watered with a hose but just the plant, that the soil surrounding the plant.

Was the plant rootbound when you took it out of the pot?

Have you checked the moisture content within the rootball after watering? This can be accomplished by sticking you finger into the soil under the plant.
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