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Dead apple tree

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 17:59

Is it normally that wet around it?


Bay Rot

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 17:57

Yes, I'd keep the base clear of dead leaves etc.  I think that rot may spell the beginning of the end for that bay, but it may take a good while to reach the end.  In the meantime I'd take some cuttings and start growing some new bays in pots so that when the time comes you have something to replace it with.

I find the best way to take cuttings from bay is to use those thin shoots that are coming out of the base, and tear them away from the stump bring a little 'heel' of the stump with them.

Like this

 I dip the end in some hormone rooting gel and put several around the edge of a pot filled with a gritty compost.  Then put in a cold frame or leave in a sheltered (shady) corner of the garden - make sure it doesn't dry out but it doesn't need to be wet and boggy.  Leave it there until you see new growth (which may be a year later) when you can pot on the cuttings individually. 

If you want to grow it as a 'bush' then nip out the tip, but if you want to grow 'lollipop bays' don't nip the tips out.

Good luck

Have I killed my bay trees?

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 17:42

Whereabouts do you live Emily?  I'm in Norfolk and my bay tree stays outside and uncovered all winter - even in the very hard winter we had a few years ago - I just wrap the pot in bubblewrap and raise it off the ground a bit to make sure it doesn't freeze solid.  However, it is in a much bigger pot than yours.

I would repot yout trees into pots at least twice the size that they're in at the moment.  Use John Innes Soil based compost No 3, and add one third horticultural grit to improve drainage.  Give the roots a good soaking before you repot and tease the roots out at the edges and bottom a little in case it's getting potbound. 

Hopefully your bay will start to show new leaf buds and the old dead leaves will fall off - it will look very bare for a while but as long as there are buds it'll be fine.

I find that if my bay is looking a bit ropey, giving the leaves a weekly spraying with diluted seaweed fertiliser really perks it up.

This is a picture of my bay (grown from a cutting about 10 years ago) to show you the size of pot mine lives in now.

 Apart from giving it plenty of root room, there's no way that'll blow over in the breeze!

Good luck

Plum Fruit Moth?

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 16:53

Info about the use of pheromone traps here

A present for the birds

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 16:20

I do that with the moss that I rake out of the back lawn - we have a never-ending supply!


Posted: 16/04/2015 at 15:50

Then we shall keep our fingers crossed for flowers very soon

Let us know how things progress

Laurel hedge

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 15:31

They're looking a bit stressed and are trying to flower.

Were they regularly watered last summer? 

I'd cut them hard knee height, then give them a sprinkling of fish blood & bone (as directed on the pack), a good soaking at the roots and then a thick mulch with organic matter like composted bark.

Then a good regular watering regime throughout the summer.  They need two buckets of water per plant at least twice a week.  Three times a week in a dry spell.


Dead apple tree

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 15:25

But we hardly had any rain for months and months last year - at least here in East Anglia we didn't.

What an absolute  picture that is - such a shame it's gone

Veg Patch

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 15:14

As has been said, your soil will be fine to grow those crops - and each year you'll add homemade compost and/or manure and each year the soil will get better and better

Dead apple tree

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 14:16

If it has been there and fruiting for 25 years it's hard to think of something in the soil that would kill it unless something has changed, other than honeyfungus - have you lost any other trees/shrubs?

Just a thought, but from your photo it looks to be planted very close to the fence -  plants positioned close to a fence notoriously suffer from drought as fences and walls create a 'rain shadow' - coupled with this we had a very long very dry spell last year.  Could your tree have suffered from drought last year?  Did you give it plenty of water through the dry spell?

If it was affected by drought, that could have weakened the tree and allowed some sort of infection to strike.

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