Originally Posted by Smallaxe
What would you recommend to boost the survival chances of a newly transplanted tree? It seems normal "dry back" of leaves but is there a quick K to revitalize it in any way?
The leaves have been drying, but haven't quite dropped yet. I have been spraying them to help out and I did soak in some ashes with the initial planting last Sunday.
I will find some high K fertilizer. Don't know how quickly ashes are usable by the tree.
If the leaves are as good as gone perhaps just let it go to sleep, as Kiril suggests. The K won't do any good once the leaves stop circulating nutrients, correct?
Unleached ashes are higher in K then leached. The problem is that ashes can change the pH of your soil to more alkaline. It's like adding lime. See the first chart here for K. You can use greensand or seaweed or kelp for high K.
I agree with Krill. Make sure the tree is properly watered and mulched. Leaves are expendable to trees in times of stress. Once they are dried and brown they won't turn green again. I suspect the change to the sunnier conditions has caused leaf scorch. Kinda like sunburn on people. Maybe these will help.