Why is Montmorency cherry tree dying?
I bought a Montmorency cherry tree from a reputable local nursery this past spring. The tree was a gift to a 6yo kid who loves cherry pie, and put in his grandparents backyard. Grandmother became very ill so visits have been to the hospital rather then the house. but as of July 1 the tree looked great and had new growth.
I was there today and the tree is dying, I'll try to follow up with a photo. It is in a nicely kept yard, sits on a side hill and the yard has a sprinkler system. (is it possible to get too much water on a slope?). Mulched too if that matters. I don't know of any chemical treatments to the yard, but can ask. The soil is not awesome, but grew corn and soybean prior to these houses being built 10+ years ago.
The nursery has a guarantee and I have spent enough with them, I don't feel bad about finally needing to use the guarantee, but want to figure out the problem before replacing it, or better yet would love to save this guy
Edit to add: the tree is in Omaha NE zone 5.
This post was edited by cckw on Mon, Aug 5, 13 at 11:36