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M. Frary

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Seiju Elm repot?
« on: May 07, 2013, 06:05 PM »
  I have a Seiju Elm that's not doing so good. It set new buds and leafed out like crazy for a while then the leaves started to yellow and fall off. They stopped dropping but it is slow replacing them. It didn't lose all but about 1/2 to 3/4 dropped. It's still alive but it'sgoing real slow. This my first one of these maybe my last. I pulled the tree up out of the pot and it isn't rrootbound but I also didn't see what looked like new roots growing. Shouldn't there be some new white feeder roots? I bought the tree this spring. Any Ideas?
 

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Re: Seiju Elm repot?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2013, 07:03 PM »
Soil is sopping wet = don't water so much / so often

Soil is dry = water more / more often

Top of ball is wet, bottom is dry = water more deeply; i.e., fill pot to the brim and let the water percolate thru,; maybe even do this twice when you water. Then wait until the soil is dry on top (stick your finger in the dirt!)

Dig into the root ball with your fingers; is it dry inside and wet outside?  = water deeply two, three, four times = until the root ball is all damp.

Use a root comb / chopstick to expose roots in one relatively small area. working from the outside inward = what do you see and what does that tell you to do? Grab a small root with your thumb and index finger tip; give it a tug: outer part of root slides off the interior = early root rot; root snaps or slips thru your pinch = okay.

Ball & burlapped stock is often grown in clay to keep the roots moist for long times at the retail store, yet they do okay because the roots grow out of that muck when planted. Is your soil like clay (i.e., gooey = soil breakdown)? Remove the outer parts until just beginning to expose healthy root. Slip this into a pot of good soil and secure it so the ball won't move = good to go until Aug/Sep or next spring when you ought to bare root and repot into good soil.

A mole is in your pot eating your trees roots = I'm out of ideas.
 

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Re: Seiju Elm repot?
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 07:15 AM »
  Thank you for the advice. It looks like I did have some root rot. I cleaned the soil back to good roots and repotted it. Hopefully it makes it.
 

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Re: Seiju Elm repot?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2015, 01:24 PM »
How's this one doing?
 

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Re: Seiju Elm repot?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2015, 01:31 PM »
  Great. Getting layered in half this spring. It did have some rot. I stuck it in a collander last spring and let it grow to get healthy for what it's about to recieve.
 

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Re: Seiju Elm repot?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2015, 01:34 PM »
  Thanks for asking. No current pictures of it in its bushy state but it loved the collander.