Problems while growing a neem tree

by Jeevan
(Phoenix, AZ)

I had purchased two neem trees in January. Unfortunately I could not plant the tree immediately after receiving it since I did not get the right pot size. I planted it in about a week in a 32" pot.

The leaves were slightly wilting when I planted. It has lost all its leaves now and the stem of one of the tree is all brown. One of the branches in the other neem tree has a little green stem at its tip though. I have used fish emulsion to fertilize it twice so far.

Could you let me know how do I identify that the tree is dead? Or could you please advise on how to revive it.

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by: Birgit

Hi Jeevan,

How were the trees sold? In pots or bare rooted?
And how were they kept before you planted them?
What soil did you use, how much water did they get, and when did the problems start?
Are they kept indoors or outside? If outside, what are the temperatures?

Fertilizing does not help in such a situation. Fertilizer only benefits an actively growing plant. Fertilizing a dying plant can make things worse. (It depends on the fertilizer. A very dilute fish emulsion solution will not hurt, but it won't help either.)

I'm sorry, but from what you describe there is little you can do now. Make sure the trees can breathe (are not waterlogged in soggy soil) and don't totally dry out, and wait. Either they start growing again, or they won't.

Not knowing more (see questions in first paragraph) I can't say what caused the problem, but if you add some more detail we may be able to track down the problem.

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