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Old 07-09-2013, 11:01 PM
 
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I recently bought a cherry tree, but we haven't transplanted it into the ground yet. Living in the High Desert, we have experienced incredible heat, and the cherry tree is wilting terribly. I water and spray the leaves early in the morning and 7 or 8 p.m. I moved the tree into a shady area, but it's still wilting badly. I don't know if this was a dumb thing to do, but I added fireplace ashes several weeks ago, and then some worm humus, and then some potting mix, since the level of soil was still somewhat low. I haven't covered up the root ball, though. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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This advice comes from personal experience with citrus, plums, figs and peaches on the other side of the mountains from the HD: Get it in the ground and water the **** out of it. It needs to start establishing its root system. Cover that root ball. You might also want to ask this in the Garden forum.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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The sooner you get it in the ground the better.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:28 PM
 
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i recently planted an apple tree, fuji apple tree, persimmon tree, and another fruit tree.

once you purchase it, it is ideal to get it into the ground asap for the root system. instructions typically say to dig a hole twice as wide with the same depth. mix the original soil dug out with soil amendment and bury the area.

i mix in a little bit of fertilizer granules. my fuji tree started wilting and browning leaves. then started to grow new leaves. don't water too much and don't water too little. the top may look dry but underneath a couple inches may be moist soil..

last advice. if you have your original purchase receipt, you will probably be able to return it if it dies within a year.
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:13 PM
 
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Thanks everyone who responded. It's in the ground, and the leaves are really drooping, but we'll hope for the best!
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:28 AM
 
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I'm confused. Were the roots exposed?
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