Abies Pinsapo, new growth dead.

Discussion in 'Gymnosperms (incl. Conifers)' started by maricela, Jun 25, 2005.

  1. maricela

    maricela Member

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    Hello,

    My Abies Pinsapo's new growth has dried up. Last years growth is still green. Is he salvageable? I put him in the ground last January. He's about 12 inches tall.
     
  2. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    After having my Abies pinsapo 'Aurea' do the same
    thing the first year I had it, I learned a lesson not to
    give the newest growth any warm, direct sun as the
    new growth is emerging. It did not take much to fry
    the newest growth on mine. A photo or two would
    be helpful to better understand what you are up against
    but in my case it was lack of water and direct sunlight
    that caused my new growth to be harmed.

    Jim
     
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    Thinking about it, sounds like that's what happened. Thanks for sharing your experience. Did you wind up moving him to a different location? Guess that's what I will doing today.
     
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    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Mine was grown in a container for a few years
    before I moved it up to near Yosemite and
    planted it. For you in Marin county, I would
    protect it from hot afternoon sun but be sure
    to protect it from any kind of warm winds.
    An Eastern exposure would work here to
    protect that Fir from the hot sun and warm
    winds. Even still it will be a project until
    the plant becomes adapted here. We are
    a little too warm for that Fir on the Valley
    floor.

    For you if an Eastern exposure would block
    it from the prevailing winds and can give it
    some mid to late afternoon shade then you
    can grow it where you are providing you give
    it enough water. Be careful not to over water
    it, don't let water set for long periods of time
    around the roots. I would not fertilize this tree
    with Nitrogen for a couple of years as you want
    the root system to become established without
    added harm done to the roots if the plant is in
    the ground or even grown in a container.

    When select Conifers such as Fir and Spruce are
    generating new growth we have to make sure they
    have plenty of water or the new growth will just
    wither and die on us here. Makes our job tougher
    to keep the rest of the young plant alive and hope
    that we can get more new growth later in the year.

    Jim
     
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    Hello Again,

    Is it all right to remove/clip the dead growth? Or, will new growth appear on the tips of it?
    What did you do with your Aurea's damaged growth?
     
  6. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    If you are sure the new growth is dead then
    rub off the dead growth with your fingers
    and pinch off any of the dead tips. I would
    not cut the dead growth off with pruning
    shears unless you have to. The rubbing off
    the growth and hand pinching may allow
    you a better chance to get new growth in
    some of those same areas again. New
    growth may regenerate but more likely
    not anytime soon from the areas cut or
    snipped with pruning shears.

    Jim
     

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