rabidhedgehog
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plane tree rapidly withering

I have a two-year old plane tree grown from a seed. About a week ago I noticed that some leaves were withering. Since then this process has been progressing pretty rapidly and now almost all leaves are dry. I'm not sure whether it is dangerous or not, so I would appreciate any help. I hope photos that I attached will be helpful in identifying the problem.


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thanks in advance

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Why are you keeping it inside? It is not a house plant. Put it outside and water once a week through the winter and see what happens next spring.

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Thank you for your reply. As for now I don't have the opportunity to plant it outside. I'm planning to do so in a couple of years though. Could anyone please tell me what can be the main cause of this and what measures should be taken to prevent the tree from dying?

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Your tree should be in at least a 5-gallon container. Anything smaller will strangle the root system. Plane trees are big when mature. They must have a chance to develop a large root system that will support such a large tree. If you can't transplant it into a 5-gallon container, then prune its roots and top growth, and put it back in its current container.
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The soil in your container looks terrible, like hard packed clay. Soil for containers needs to be like potting soil .... very light and loose and free draining. While you are repotting, get better soil.

But your tree looks like on its last legs. May or may not be able to save it at this point.
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Thank you very much. I forgot to mention that the last month it was extremely hot - something around 45-47 degrees. Can this withering be caused by such severe weather conditions (it is much better now). The tree is kept on the balcony, where the temperature is the same as outside. I've recently noticed that many new sprouts started to grow from the buds. So maybe it will recover somehow. What kind of soil would you suggest for replanting?

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If you re-read my recommendation I did not say to plant it outside I said put it outside. I was going to mention about the soil but even that would be okay if the plant was out of doors. Mother Nature treats things better then humans most of the time.

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New growth is a good sign. I use potting soil for everything in pots, including trees.
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