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Brown Buds: Help

Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 3:34 pm
by Dg2222
Hello,

I planted an apple tree from Home Depot about two weeks ago. While I have been watering fairly heavily every three days or so, I noticed some of the buds have turned brown.

The tree is 5 foot tall and has not even come close to leafing out. The buds that are still light green are about the size of a dime or so. I live in downstate NY. Please advise.

Thanks.

The tree has

Re: Brown Buds: Help

Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 5:59 pm
by applestar
Give us more details -- what variety apple tree? What kind of soil? Did you add anything to the planting hole?

Re: Brown Buds: Help

Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 7:29 pm
by JONA
Also Dg
Was it in a container or bare root and did it show any sign of bud movement.

Re: Brown Buds: Help

Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 2:45 am
by Dg2222
Not sure what type of tree it is: the label merely said fruto and had a picture of a red apple.

The soil is very sandy/rocky as I live on a lake but I used potting soil.

Re: Brown Buds: Help

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 4:56 pm
by Dg2222
Also the tree came in a container, any advice? Should I water more, water less, get pesticides? What do brown buds normally mean.

Re: Brown Buds: Help

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 8:17 pm
by JONA
"Dg
Brown buds usually mean that they are dying or dead.
Scrape the wood near these buds and see if it still green underneath. If it is then it's a case of just wait and see what happens.
If it is brown below the bark layer then there is something seriously wrong.
It could be canker or a root problem.
Providing the soil is kept damp I think all you can do at present is be patient and see if the buds grow away and the tree recover.