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Offline tridrama

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Treating a Sick Tree
« on: August 25, 2021, 10:10:41 PM »
A former student dropped this tree off at my house with instructions to "fix it". I don't know the variety or how old the tree is. All she could tell me was it was dug up from the base of a larger tree in her mother's yard here in SC zone 7.

The leaves appear to have some sort of rust on them. I have removed the old soil and replaced it, leaving more space in the bottom for the roots to stretch out. I've fertilized it with fish emulsion. There may be a tiny bit of new growth on one branch. Looking for ideas about how to treat the tree and rid it of these spots.



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Re: Treating a Sick Tree
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2021, 11:01:41 AM »
Hi LeConte,
     We all hate to see a sick tree and want to fix it immediately.

     My words of caution are to not try to do too much too quickly, as this will stress the tree further.   Giving the tree fresh soil and a feeding of fish emulsion are all that I would do right now.   Also, keep it shaded for a week or two, as it may not be able to tolerate intense sunlight after a transplant occurred.   When you see new green growth, SLOWLY acclimate to full sun.   

     Rust will be a problem when conditions are very humid.   As those leaves die and drop, they will be replaced with fresh, green leaves.
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Re: Treating a Sick Tree
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2021, 06:02:25 PM »
LeConte

Further to John’s point, you will not be able to get rid of the spots on the existing leaves.

With proper care, as noted by John, new growth will sprout and be healthy leaving you with a tree containing both “spotted” and green leaves. You could also add some type of copper fungicide as a preventative in the future to reduce the impact of rust when you are in an area of high humidity or experience excessive rain.
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Re: Treating a Sick Tree
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2021, 03:40:48 PM »
Thanks to both of you for your responses. I was thinking in the right direction, but needed confirmation. I see new growth coming from the tips. It looks healthy and green. Fingers crossed it grows up to be a healthier tree. (She may not get it back! :) Ha.Ha.)
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Re: Treating a Sick Tree
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2021, 10:19:55 PM »
It doesn't look that bad to me. I've had some horrific rust problems this year. With good care/fertilization + trimming the effected leaves, I've had several grow right out of it.
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Re: Treating a Sick Tree
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2021, 09:34:22 PM »
It's been a few weeks. The tree has put out a lot of new growth and is sending up a  new shoot. Thanks for everyone's advice.
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Re: Treating a Sick Tree
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2021, 09:20:54 AM »
LeConte,

That is great news that the Sick Tree is now on the mend and doing well!!  :)
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Re: Treating a Sick Tree
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2021, 09:27:20 PM »
Very happy to hear your tree is doing better.  Wish you the best of luck
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Re: Treating a Sick Tree
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2021, 06:02:05 AM »
Good luck hope its works out
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