Help reviving a newly planted weeping cherry.
I planted my new weeping cherry about a month or so ago. When I bought it, it was dormant so I couldn't tell much about how it was doing. The person who helped me out at the store loaded it in my truck the wrong way and it spun around and received a small gash to the trunk on the way home. I was told here on the forum to watch out for suckers because of that. I think it has been getting them (small sprouts around the base of the trunk?) And I have been picking them off.
The tree started getting green sprouts about three weeks ago. And some have turned to leaves. There were quite a few days we were supposed to get tons of rain, so I didn't water...then the rain didn't show. I think because of that the tree has been under watered a little too much for a new tree. From now on I plan to just water no matter what everyday to avoid this.
Today I noticed the tree seems to be dying. There are a couple branches that have green leaves. Then quite a few that the leaves have turned brown and shriveled up. There are also a lot of remaining buds that never opened and have hardened and turned brown.
Today I gave it a good watering and followed with some tree and shrub food. I am wondering of there is still hope to bring this tree back since there are still some green leaves? What do I need to do? I also pulled off the dead leaves. I'm not sure if that would help or not but I thought it might encourage growth the same as dead-heading flowers.
At this point I'm not sure if this is an under-watering issue, or if there is something else wrong with the tree. I noticed when I got it home from the nursery, it looked a little cracked near the graft point (or at least what I assume is a graft) and there were a couple branches that were cracked off that looked brittle. But since it was dormant I wasn't sure what to expect. Then about a week after planting I noticed the branches were peeling. It sort of reminded me of a sunburn. Not sure of that is a sign of anything?At that point it was still being watered daily.
I'm trying to debate if I can save the tree or if I should look into getting a refund. I have heard from several people after i bought this tree, that they have had issues with trees dying from the same store.
I'm just not sure if its something as simple as needing more water. Or something more.