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Hi all. I'm a newbie. I fertilized new cherry laurels with potato fertilizer on the (wrong) advice of a well meaning friend. My laurels are dying now, all 60 of them. Is there anyghing i can do to revive them?
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Hi all. I'm a newbie. I fertilized new cherry laurels with potato fertilizer on the (wrong) advice of a well meaning friend. My laurels are dying now, all 60 of them. Is there anyghing i can do to revive them?
Thank you
What was the fertilizer. Synthetic or organic. What makes you think they are dying. Please send close up pictures of the entire tree, the base, the trunk, stems and leaves
 
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What was the fertilizer. Synthetic or organic. What makes you think they are dying. Please send close up pictures of the entire tree, the base, the trunk, stems and leaves
Hi Chuck, the fertilizer was called 20/10. Potato fertilizer. I'll attach photos, although there's not much to see, most of the plants are now devoid of leaves, and any that have leaves are already brown. Thank you for replying. Much appreciated 20200621_193432.jpg 20200621_193432.jpg 20200621_193423.jpg 20200621_193432.jpg 20200621_193423.jpg 20200621_193432.jpg 20200621_193423.jpg 20200621_193440.jpg 20200621_193436.jpg 20200621_193432.jpg 20200621_193423.jpg 20200621_193440.jpg 20200621_193436.jpg 20200621_193432.jpg . 20200621_193432.jpg 20200621_193404.jpg
 

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Hi Chuck, the fertilizer was called 20/10. Potato fertilizer. I'll attach photos, although there's not much to see, most of the plants are now devoid of leaves, and any that have leaves are already brown. Thank you for replying. Much appreciatedView attachment 67241View attachment 67241View attachment 67242View attachment 67241View attachment 67242View attachment 67241View attachment 67242View attachment 67243View attachment 67244View attachment 67241View attachment 67242View attachment 67243View attachment 67244View attachment 67241.View attachment 67241View attachment 67245
This is one of two things or both. Improper fertilization or lack of water. Improper fertilization is, in this case fertilizing a dry plant and then watering it in. Always water first, then fertilize, then water in the fertilizer. Very young fresh planted trees such as these take a lot of water. Even if your soil is clay you should deeply water the plant at least once a week. I would try to flush the fertilizer away by extensive watering. The fertilizer you used is a synthetic and can damage roots of a young tree. A laurel does need a small amount of nitrogen but 20 is way too strong. You want fertilizer numbers for laurels to be higher on the last two numbers such as 5-10-10. Anyway, all you can do now is try to undo the nitrogen burn by flushing. If the trees come back keep them well watered.
 
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Chuck you're a diamond, i thank you for taking the time. I'm not very 'up' on the science if gardening but my common sense said to water the plants to flush out the damage. I'll just keep doing it in the hope if saving some of the plants. Fingers crossed. And lesson learned. I'll check out this forum next time i have a query, before taking action!! Thank you again
 

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