Bloodgood maple not budding?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by scraper69, May 13, 2006.

  1. scraper69

    scraper69 LawnSite Senior Member
    from mi
    Messages: 477

    What is the deal?

    WHy is one of my customers bloodgood maple still dormant.? It looks like a stick and only a few buds on the branches, its alive.... but no leaves. I installed last fall (early)_ and went fine until 2 weeks ago the customer called to ask if it was ok.. So I went and looked, and it seems fine, few buds... So i said give it a couple weeks. Now she called today and said its no better than it was 2 weeks ago?

    What gives.
  2. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    Boost it with super thrive!
  3. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 524

    Agree with previous, or Superthrive,

    Good rule of thumb...
    First year they sleep,
    Second year they creep....
    Third year ( if they are still there and healthy) they LEAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If you can get them through # 2 are doing something right and you wont have to worry

  4. scraper69

    scraper69 LawnSite Senior Member
    from mi
    Messages: 477

    whats thrive? like miracle grow..

    I put some holly tone fert at the base.

    So eventually it will pop? and be full?

    This customer is just embarrased that it has no leaves/
  5. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    Hope it makes it ... unfortunately the zone I live in won't allow me to use them. Beautiful tree. We have a couple in pots that we have to bring into the greenhouse to overwinter.
  6. scraper69

    scraper69 LawnSite Senior Member
    from mi
    Messages: 477

    I hope so too.. this zone accomodates these trees. It s just a goofy start? Most established bloodgoods are already in full bloom.? Just wondering what would cause this sloooooooooow transformation from dormantcy.
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    You can get a lot of desication on these when they are planted late in the year. Were they very well watered in when you planted them. It is extremely important to get all the air voids out of the soil when planting, especially late in the year.

    If this was the case, you will see buds opening close to the main trunk, or even on the main trunk itself. The buds at the extremes of the branches would be dead.

    Or, it could just be slow to break bud.
  8. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    just like KC says.........we transplanted 3 humungous jap maples going on three years ago. the first year they didnt do much. second year they were alive but nothing special. this year all of them look spectacular.
  9. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,393

    I just cut one down. It was killed by a fungus, rotton from the inside out.
  10. scraper69

    scraper69 LawnSite Senior Member
    from mi
    Messages: 477

    you think Superthrive will help? im gonna try. Worst case if its a slow to bud tree.. i will replace the customers tree and keep this one in my own backyard..I can wait a couple seasons, but this impaitient cust. cannot.

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