New Persimmon Tree Not Doing Well

kaisersoze(10a - San Diego)June 6, 2013


I planted this fuyu persimmon at the end of March, on a fully exposed sunny slope in San Diego. It was mulched and watered every 2-3 days depending on the weather. (click for larger images of leaves)

At the end of March, flowers appeared:

But now, the tree has lost some leaves, the remaining leaves have yellow borders and some are mostly yellow.

It is on the same watering schedule as a lychee and wax jambu and asian pear that I planted at the same time, all of which are thriving.

I tried watering with Foliage Pro weakly weekly for the last few weeks trying to reverse whatever is happening, with no improvement. The mulched soil is moist underneath. Am I watering it too much, too little?

Any thoughts as to what the problem is and how to fix it? Or should I give it some benign neglect and not worry about it?

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

It has the look of being too dry. The vegetation nearby also looks dry.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 4:58PM
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scott_home(Austin TX)

Or it is too wet... The symptom of being too wet and too dry is very similar. I planted mine in Feb. I have only watered it 3 times so far and it is doing quite well.

Measure your soil moisture level with a meter.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 5:33PM
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kaisersoze(10a - San Diego)

Thanks for the quick, though conflicting responses!

The dry vegetation nearby isn't watered, they are native grasses that are really more like weeds (and potential fire hazards if they grow any bigger)

Gotta irrigate in san diego, we've only had a total of 6 inches of rain and estimated evapotranspiration of 20.6 inches since jan 1.

I usually err on the side of watering more if there is any question since its dry here in socal, but i will give the moisture meter a try

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 6:07PM
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