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Hi,  I was given an edible cherry tree earlier this year, it is one that was made for a pot (I'm sorry, I'm not very good on the gardening language).  I have done everything that I was told to do but for the past couple of weeks now all the leaves have curled up, gone brown and seem to be dying, some of them have dropped off.  There are quite a few cherries which are still turning dark red and also new leaves are now growing on the end of the branches!  The tree is in the pot which I was given it in, and I was told that it was ok to keep it in there.  I'm at my wits end, I really don't want to lose it, can anyone help please?  Thank you


  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    The plant may have become stressed at some point with all this heat we have been experiencing.

    Scratch the bark and if its still green then just treat it as normal, it should recover given time.

  • FarmergeddunFarmergeddun Posts: 229

    Has the tree got a blackfly infestation?  Once the blackfly (tiny black aphids) have sucked enough sap from the leaves, the leaves turn brown, shrivel up and fall off.  You can usually find blackfly under the leaf, along the leaf veins and on the stems of the fruit.  

    Have you fed the tree?  A well fed and watered tree will usually fight off/survive most diseases and pest attacks.

  • Thank you both for your replies, there was no blackfly, it was the first thing I checked for.  I had been feeding the tree, could I have over fed it?  The bark  is still green, so I will cross my fingers and hope for the best.  Not sure when is thebest time to prune it, if at all?  Thank you again, sorry for taking so long to reply but have had a lot of health issues in the family since I posted the question and haven't been on since.  Thanks again.

  • Please can anyone tell me when is the best time to move rhubarb to another place?  We are having a new fence put in soon and I need to move my rhubarb plants across to the over side of the garden?  Thanks.


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Hello sand5trev, Your cherry tree sounds as if it has enough to be thinking about without being pruned as well. I'd leave it alone until it's feeling happier.

    Rhubarb likes to be moved when it's dormant. A mild day in winter. Dig down a spade's depth all round and when you replant it make sure that the crispy black bits are just above ground level.

  • Hi Waterbutts

    Thanks for your advice, I will leave my cherry tree alone, poor thing!  I have noticed that near the top (on the main branch) there is a sticky mess, I don't know what that is and wondered if that could have anything to do with it?  Thanks for your advice about the rhubarb too.  I will leave it alone until later.  Regards Sandra



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