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I bought a braeburn apple tree and planted it in March in a large sturdy container. In spring it came a live and some flowers were produced. The tree stands about 4 - 5 tall. At the begining of summer it seems to have died off. Would it likely to come ali


By Davidii

Cleveland, United Kingdom Gb

Why as my small braeburn apple tree died off. It was fine in the spring. In a large container which stands about 4 to 5 ft tall.



because they are so young they need regular watering until well established.

that means a good watering everyday even twice a day. Keep watering now even when it rains and im sure somebody will be able to give you a a name of a good feed to help build it up aswel.

fingers crossed. also check to see that the roots arent all squashed, it mau of grown too big for the pot.!!

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5 Aug, 2009


I am sorry to say, but I don't like an apple tree in a container. Your tree sounds far too large to be kept in a container and probably its roots are starved of soil and want to grow further to stretch out for water too. Why do you keep it in a container, may I ask? Can't you plant it in the garden, where the roots can go deeper and get water?
You could be lucky....wait till all its leaves have dropped off, then you can transplant it. Wait till winter and prune properly. If the wood is still green inside, it is still alive, if dead wood, I have my doubts. If still alive, it will survive and after being dormant in winter it will emerge in spring again for you.

5 Aug, 2009


Unless it has been grafted onto a slow growing root stock a Bramley apple is not designed to be grown in a container, unpruned it can easily reach 12 - 15 foot. You will need to get this planted in the ground and water well as Mookins has said.

5 Aug, 2009


Hello Davidii, welcome to Goy, I suspect your tree was bare-rooted when you purchased it in March, it may have dried out. What has happened is the flower and leaves grew only on the strength in the trunk. Remember drought does not only occur in hot dry weather, but also in cold frozen weather. I would say it has very little chance of becoming a mature tree.

5 Aug, 2009


Oops I just realised you are talking about a Braeburn not a Bramley... still my advice stands. Also where do you live in the UK Bareburn is only hardy in the warmer areas of the country - or so my reading tells me

5 Aug, 2009

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