Dwarf peach tree with no leaves

rachellouMay 16, 2012

Hello! I am new to this site but I have looked around a bit and can't find an answer to my question. I bought two dwarf red haven peach trees from the same place and planted them last month, in April(these are my first fruit trees). Neither had leaves when I planted them. They are about 10 feet apart and 5 feet tall. One tree looks great, with tons of leaves. The other, has no leaves but little black bud things that look like leaves might come out. It is very far behind the other tree. When I scratch a branch, it is still green and we've had no frost (close, but none) since I planted them. Is this tree dead or should I give it more time? Is there anything I can do to help it along? Thanks so much!!!

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prestons_garden(9B SZ 22 HZ 6 SoCal)

Give it more time, maybe the tree that doesn't have any leaves is due to shock transplant. In other words the roots were not as strong as the other tree. Be careful not to over water and or fertilize too strong on the tree with no leaves. You can use a Vitamin B1 fertilizer and or Superthrive to give your roots a boost.

Ron

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 7:23PM
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rachellou

Thanks! I'll have to try to find those products and give it some time.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 9:10PM
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prestons_garden(9B SZ 22 HZ 6 SoCal)

There is a long list of other products that can be used also. The ones I listed above are easy to find.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 9:13PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Rachel, your tree is lacking the energy to wake up, its a not totally uncommon problem in bareroot peach trees if the tree is a bit weak to begin with. My impression is most of the time the tree will never wake up, but occasionally it will. In rare cases it may wake up the following spring. I had one that stayed green until the following spring and then finally died. None of mine ever woke up, and I have had 3-4 of these. My personal opinion is those recommended products will not do enough to be worth bothering with, but they will also not hurt anything.

Scott

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 12:13PM
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