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FireFire LondonPosts: 7,153

Three crab apple trees I bought on line, arrived dried out one week before I planted them. I didn't add any water that time. I planted them today (soaking the roots before just planting). Apparently it's death to bare root trees and bushes to let the roots dry out.  Is there any chance they might make it? I'm wondering if I should buy some more.  If I want to plant more, they would have to go in before spring, which is the time I would see the leaves begin to bud.  Any thoughts?

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  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,904

    Hello Firefly0

    It's probably better they dried out now rather than in the Spring ; if mine I would plant them , keep wet throughout the Winter and hope for the best .

    Plants can be very resilient .

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,904

    Sorry I mis-read ; you HAVE planted them already ; just keep them wet .

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,554

    If you choose to buy more, you need to put them in a bucket of water on arrival, not leave them until you plant them.  Hopefully a wet winter will sort them out. But just in case you buy more, keep them wet from the start. If you’re not ready to plant them, put them in the ground anywhere for the time being. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FireFire LondonPosts: 7,153

    Yes, that's what I should have done.

  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 2,585

    I was given a "dead stick" as a Christmas  present, it was apparently well wrapped  with a plastic bag of completely dry peat that was not even touching the roots.  I did soak the roots & then put it in a pot on the patio for the first few months as the ground was frozen. 3 years on this espalier desert apple tree gave me a fabulous crop and has continued to do so every year since. Fingers crossed!

    AB Still learning

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,554
    Firefly0 says:

    Yes, that's what I should have done.

    See original post

     Never mind, may be ok and grow on in the winter, you live and learn as they say.?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FireFire LondonPosts: 7,153

    Thanks all

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