Hi All, I have a pitch pine that was transplanted in February of this year and it has been slowly dying back much to my chagrin. However I found these promising buds last weekend that have formed near the base. But they are growing so slowly that I fear the tree has exhausted its sugars and starches and won’t survive to be able to benefit from this new growth. I have it on a heat bed and have been misting the upper foliage.
I had a thought today that I wanted to ask the forum about. Would there be any detriment or benefit to adding a small amount of sugar to the water? I know that fertilizer is not a good thing after repot but wondered if a light dose of sugar would help? I found some studies that show that sugar water has been found to encourage root healing and growth in transplants of birch, oak and cherry trees but nothing mentioning pine trees. Has anyone ever tried this to help a sick tree recover?