Please help! I have adopted a sick tree

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Please help! I have adopted a sick tree

Post  Jack Trades on Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:08 am

Or at least I think it's sick, or dying. Was given this tree in hopes to bring it back to life so looking for some assistance on classifying what kind of tree it is, and what I can do to make it happy and healthy. ANY and all help would be appreciated. The booklet that came with it was vague.

The leaves and limbs seem very brittle and dry and all I have done is water it. Only thing I DO know, is it's an outside Bonsai, but have it in a window for the moment.

Thank you in advance for your help.


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Post  geoffm5eay on Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:25 am

That's not sick it is a very sick Azalea. Has it been very dry? Has it been insid? If it has then it must be placed outside in a shady spot. I would cut any dead bits off and remove any dead leaves. Then water, keep moist and hope. When cutting back if you cut and the wood is green that is where to stop, if it is brown that bit is dead and you need to cut a bit further. It it is still alive Azaleas will back bud easily.

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Post  Jack Trades on Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:30 am

Thank you. I put it outside and trimmed some branches back. Wasn't sure how much to cut off. Is there a type of fertilizer or plat food I can give it to try and help?

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Post  geoffm5eay on Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:38 am

When you cut back into the wood was there green? You can prune hard because as long as the wood is aive then it should back bud.
At the monent I would not use any fertiliser as it is so weak it will not help. I don't know what your weather is like but you need to keep it watered but don't allow it to stay wet, so wait until the soil is almost dry before watering again. You can use a chopstick to check moisture, if it comes out clean then water otherwise don't. One question is the water draining well?
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