Caring for potted fruit tree sapling

Caring for potted fruit tree sapling



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Caring for potted fruit tree sapling?

Q:

I have a pear tree in my yard (5-10ft). I’ve recently noticed that the bottom leaves of the tree are turning yellow. Some of the leaves have black spots on them. My first thought was an insect. Is it possible that I may be having problems with the tree?

A:

The pear tree you mentioned is a weeping cherry, which has many similar symptoms. Pears also have black spotting as well, but the problem could also be a virus or a mold fungus. I would recommend getting some soil samples taken and some other tests to see if it’s just an insect or plant damage. You could take a sample to a lab to get an idea of what you’re dealing with. The results of the soil tests will give you an idea about the general condition of the soil and whether the roots are having any problems. If you have a good history of the tree in your yard and this is the first time that this is happening, you could go with a trial and error approach, by treating and/or removing the insecticide, but also using a fungicide and/or controlling the pests with traps. With the soil sampling, you’ll also be able to know if your tree was planted correctly.

The only way to confirm that you are having problems with your tree, is if you’re also having any other problems with your trees (leaf drop, stunted growth, yellow leaves, insects, and so on) If that is the case, you should contact your local fruit tree nursery to have it checked for diseases or pests and to see what you can do to help the tree, depending on what you find out.

Thank you for the excellent and prompt response.

A:

Welcome to the forum. Unfortunately, we can't give you the diagnosis, because it's more complex than we think and what you need to do to correct this is a complex solution as well.

My suggestion for starting would be to get rid of this sucker and start over. I would use a rootstock or graft of some kind, a grafted peach, apricot or nectarine will be fine. I use a hardwood cut of an Asian fruit, the peach is the same as you have. You will have to find out what you need to do about the grafting. It is much better to have to deal with the new tree when you are ready.

This situation is very unfortunate. It's a lesson I wish I didn't have to learn. You may be facing a lot more problems with this, so take care. Good luck.

I am going to close this question, if you think this has helped you, or if you can come back and let us know the steps you have taken, we will post the diagnosis on the answer.

A:

A more effective, easier, cheaper method (and one I prefer myself) is to take some stem cuttings from the original tree when it's dormant. They'll be weaklings so will die very quickly but you can expect to end up with several new trees from the one cut.

A:

This does not come off as an off-topic but I believe this problem is best suited for apple.treehouse.stackexchange.com. They are much better at diagnosing and can provide good support for your tree and help you.

A:

Cut it and put it in the ground, don't give up, get a new one ! And find out how to graft an Asian tree in your situation.

You should not be grafted this way at all, since this is a different species with a different root system, it is not a matter of trying to graft a tree with similar traits.

The other problem with this is that a tree from a tree from such a distance, even with the root cut it won't do anything.

If you had a tree right next to you, you could have made sure that the stem was completely healthy.

This is why the next-most-common method for grafting is using one

similar to the graft you wish to create, but there is a caveat to this

practice: A graft formed between species will not take well, but a

graft between two varieties of the same species will produce a strong

tree. Grafting between varieties, however, should not be attempted

unless one variety is particularly desired.

Source: www.graft-talk.com

I hope this helps !

A:

The only way you should be able to re-root this is to use cuttings. This tree seems to have tap roots, which will be quite fragile, especially after a fall, and you'd have to cut a lot of very good roots to attempt to re-root it. It will also probably be very invasive, so you'll probably want to use it as a specimen rather than in a forest, unless you have a very large property and can fence it off.

Cuttings do work with some, but not all, species. One important thing to remember is that they will grow best if the cut surface is very dry, and the plant has only just begun to root, but you should be careful about how much it dries out. Also, as the roots grow in, the cut parts will probably get more of a root system than the surrounding root system, which can be more than a little inconvenient. I would probably not take a root cut from this, but you probably could.

As a general rule, a cuttings from non-woody plants like this one will not root well unless it is kept moist, and it isn't always possible to keep it moist.