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Postmortem: what happen 4n1 cherry tree?

Posted by FruitNewbieNYC 7b (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 2, 14 at 18:15

It's a 4n1 cherry tree in 7 gallon pot from home depot. Planted in 20-inch terra cotta pot with standard off-shelf potting mix. Bud break fine with only 2 flowers, all the sudden leaves turn yellow and wilt. Dig it out take picture of the root system. Noticed it never break out the original root shape.

Question:
1. Is this phytophthora root rot?
2. did i water too much?
3. any suggestion if I try again?

Thanks in advance

Alex


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  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 2, 14 at 18:46

It was probably too wet. Regular potting soil often doesn't drain well enough for fruit trees. Plus you probably should have spread the roots on the potted tree. Next time get a bare root tree in winter and use a well drained mix like the 5-1-1. You can read about that on the container forum.

Also when there are no leaves on the tree you only need to water maybe once a month or less. Only water when the mix has dried some to the touch.


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Hi fruitnut, Thank you for the feedback.


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