• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies living kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • raven ranson
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Julia Winter
garden masters:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • thomas rubino
  • Bill Crim
  • Kim Goodwin
  • Joylynn Hardesty
gardeners:
  • Amit Enventres
  • Mike Jay
  • Dan Boone

Newly planted trees  RSS feed

 
Posts: 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I bought a bunch of trees last year and most of them are doing well, however there is an apple and pear tree that have only grown shoots at the top no more then 2-3 inches. Any idea why this may be and what (if anything) should be done.

Thanks,
Mike
 
pollinator
Posts: 1151
Location: Greater Houston, TX US Hardy:9a Annual Precipitation: 44.78" Wind:13.23mph Temperature:42.5-95F
148
bike books forest garden tiny house transportation urban
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I did a quick search online, and I found an article that discusses common apple tree problems and another that talks about common pear tree problems.
 
Posts: 93
Location: New England
1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Could be establishing its roots instead of putting on new leaves.
 
pollinator
Posts: 2392
82
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
How compacted was the soil when you dug the hole to plant them? Did you have to use a pick? Are you sitting on top of clay with just a few inches of topsoil? If that's the case, the roots are having a hard time getting established, and the growth on top is all they can scrounge up nutrients for.

Fortunately, there are things you can still do to improve the soil for them. One is hoserkultur, an after-the-planting method of putting in a hugelbed. You could also dig a trench near to these trees and turn it into a hugelbed. When the roots of the trees do break through to some buried organic matter, the growth of the trees will take off and you will no longer be disappointed by them.
 
Whatever. Here's a tiny ad:
It's like binging on 7 seasons of your favorite netflix permaculture show
http://permaculture-design-course.com/
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!