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    • FitzWilliams
    • By FitzWilliams 9th Jun 17, 9:35 AM
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    How can I help my tree?
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    • 9th Jun 17, 9:35 AM
    How can I help my tree? 9th Jun 17 at 9:35 AM
    I bought a Japanese Katsura tree 3 and have had it for roughly three weeks now. It's looking worse each day and the leaves are starting to go brown. I really love what the tree will look like once grown but I don't think it will make it at this rate. What can I do to help it? It came in a smaller pot but I put it in a bigger one with some compost no plant food. Should I just plant it in the ground? Any help appreciated.
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    • Money maker
    • By Money maker 9th Jun 17, 3:01 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 3:01 PM
    Looks as though the leaves have been wind burnt. Post it on the gardeners world forum where you're get more specialist advice.
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    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 9th Jun 17, 4:01 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 4:01 PM
    It's sensitive to bright sun (less so wind, but it could be that), and it looks like the leaves have been scorched to me.

    The soil needs to be moist at all times, but not left standing in water. Your soil does look too dry. Soak it (ideally using rainwater) and leave it standing in a saucer-full for a few minutes, then place it out of direct sun. Give the plant a small stake, and firm the soil down. It looks like the repot hasn't been firmed down. Don't repot it up again; it won't survive, as they don't like root disturbance. For the while, I wouldn't feed it; it should have enough nutrients, having been repotted.

    What kind of soil did you use to repot it into, and what size was the original pot?

    It doesn't look too bad - there's certainly life and growth in it. Just treat it with gentle care.
    • FitzWilliams
    • By FitzWilliams 9th Jun 17, 5:39 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 5:39 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 5:39 PM
    Thanks for the responses.

    I live in a valley next to a river and it can get quite windy here. So being wind burnt is probably true. It's not been that sunny here over the past couple of weeks and I've had quite a bit of rain. I've stuck a finger in the soil and though the top is dry there seems to be some moisture a bit deeper down. I'll give it a bit of water.

    It was originally in a 9cm pot and I have re-potted it with some top soil and john innes compost. The top soil probably wasn't the best idea but i've only become a 'gardener' 3 weeks ago and am learning new things every day.

    With it being a windy south west facing garden I'm starting to think the tree is probably not suitable for my plot.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 9th Jun 17, 9:45 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 9:45 PM
    Get it into the warmest, most sheltered outdoor place for now.

    I have a mongrel one of these, grown from seed, and it regularly pretends to die on me. This year, the late frost caught it and burned all the leaves to a frazzle, but they're renewing themselves. It's tougher than it looks.

    You did overpot it, but as Dafty says, don't try to change that now; just water carefully. What it needs most is needs 'a period of stability and certainty.'*

    *sounds familiar, but I can't quite place the phrase.
    'It's a terrible thing to wait until you're ready…..Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.' Hugh Lawrie.
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