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We bought an apple tree to plant on arbor day,but still haven't got to planting it. I've tried to keep it watered and in the sun, but the poor thing is struggling. The leaves appear to be dying on the ends. Will it still survive if we get it in the ground? Also can it be planted in an area that gets a lot of water? It is a Braeburn tree.

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Getting the tree in the ground will definitely help.  Unfortunately, planting it in an area that gets a lot of water will be a problem.  Your tree will probably need to be water every 4-7 days, depending on your soil type.  If the tree stays too wet the roots will suffocate and the tree die.  My suggestion would be to choose a different location, or try and adjust your sprinkler system to avoid watering the area that you would like to plant.  Feel free to give me a call if you have any further questions.

Posted on 9 Jun 2009

Candace Schaible
Water Wise Landscape/Horticulture Educator, Iron County

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