Don’s Expert Answers: Young buds drying out and dying

Question From:
Myriam in Caversham , Perth Western Australia

Nature of problem:
Young buds drying out and dying

Type of Plant (if known):

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
Young leaves dying

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:

How often do you water the plant:
2x per week

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
8hours approx

How long since you planted it:
4 years

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
Manure, compost, blood and bone, sprinkle of magnesium

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
In the ground

What other treatments have you given the plant:

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Other Comments:
My apricot tree started to come out of winter dormancy and flowers, buds and fruits started forming. Out of the blue, all flowers, new leaves have dried out and the tree is now bare. I’ve broken off a few branches and they are still green so the tree is still alive. It’s right next to a nectarine tree that I’ve treated the same way but in comparison, the nectarine tree is covered in small fruits. I had applied a sprinkle of epsom salt a couple of weeks prior. The tree is normally very productive.

Hi Myriam, I am not sure what is wrong with your apricot, but it looks like it is dying or dead. It is likely to be either root rot or just drying out at some stage. All that you can do is water it well and then wait and see what happens. Good luck. Don