Is my crab apple (malus profusion) dead?
How long should I wait before I declare my young malus profusion tree dead? I planted it last spring and it seemed to grow well in the summer - it's 2m now. It's a pot grown specimen from a local nursery. The position is west-facing on a slope. It is staked low down from two sides so no root rock to speak of. I believe the soil drains well but it has been very wet lately. Similar trees in the area are in full bloom but they are more mature. The buds on mine seemed to be getting ready to do something during the warm spell in March, it went colder, then nothing... I planted some small bulbs about 20cm from the trunk (crocuses which came and went and minature daffs still in flower). I've since read the base should be kept grass and weed free. Could I have possibly killed the tree by planting bulbs at its base?? I'd be very grateful for any verdicts/advice.