How To Revive a Dying Conifer?

The plants that I’m going to talk about now will give you the feeling like you are in a forest enjoying the birds singing. I’m talking about Conifer. These evergreen cone-shaped trees that will make your garden look like a royal yard are the most great-looking plant, according to me.

In this article I’m going to  talk about the steps that you have to take in order to save a conifer tree. Here I go again!

Conifer – What Does It Represent?

Many plants having the same kind of fruit are referred to together as “conifers”. The word “Conifer” is thought to have originated from the cone-shaped fruit that conifer trees bear. These tree species can all be found in North America. The well-known conifers found in nature are the fir, arborvitae, pine, cypress, juniper, spruce, and cedar.

Gardeners frequently grow conifer trees because of their evergreen foliage. Although there are few exceptions, such the Larch and Bald Cypress.

One of the main characteristics of conifers is their foliage. It has a needle-like edge. Various conifer species have different foliage hues. They can occasionally have blue, gold, or gray undertones with green. In the winter, they lose their foliage.

How To Revive a Dying Conifer?


Make sure you prune each year and at the appropriate period. You don’t want to leave it for a number of years only to need to remove a big piece of the tree later. After light pruning, mulch the conifers with an organic material to provide them the nutrition they need. You can also apply a slow release fertilizer if your conifer is still growing in its first year.

A branch that is only made of bare old wood cannot be revived. To maintain the tree’s aesthetic appeal, you might think about taking off a limb if it is totally in this condition. Unfortunately, if you made this trimming error across a sizable portion of your tree, your conifer now has a mixture of green and brown areas.

Get Rid Of The Unhealthy Needles

Your conifer may have needle cast disease if the needles have yellow patches that eventually become brown. If the disease is not treated, the majority of the needles will gradually fall off, and the tree will finally die. Additionally, keep an eye out for microscopic black lumps on the needles’ surface. To propagate the illness, they create spores.

As soon as you become aware of the issue, get rid of the unhealthy needles. Make frequent checks to make sure it hasn’t spread to other tree portions. Apply a copper-based fungicide (copper fungicide) until the disease has completely eradicated. Only in this way conifers can be recovered from this illness.

Use Insecticides

Your conifer may be attacked by pests like scale insects and cypress aphids, which can injure and discolor it. Scale insects consume the needles’ sap, leaving dry, brown leaves in their wake. A sooty mold is left behind by cypress aphids.

To get rid of the insects, use an appropriate insecticide. Use with caution because such a solution also kills any helpful insects.

Dig Away The Dirt From The Roots And Let Them Dry

Consider root rot if there doesn’t appear to be anything obviously wrong with the portion of your tree that is above ground other than the needles turning brown. When the roots are sick, this is what happens. Perhaps digging nearby caused damage to the root, or perhaps the earth is saturated. This exposes the root to fungus-related disorders.

The roots of the conifer may be compromised if the branches are drooping or the bark is flaking. Check to see if all the roots are damp by digging around them. Conifers can only be revived by removing the soil from the roots and letting them dry. Conifer roots spread out far, so this might be a big effort.

Make Sure There’s Drainage

Make sure there is adequate drainage so that any water that is not absorbed by the plant can seep out, no matter where you choose to grow it. This entails drainage holes in a pot as well as perhaps a layer of gravel between the soil and the container’s bottom.

This refers to proper watering on the ground. As you may have observed, I suggest frequent watering, choosing a compost that can hold moisture, and making sure there is adequate drainage for extra water.

This is due to the fact that getting the appropriate amount of water for conifers is notoriously difficult. They are resilient but finicky as well, and once things start to go wrong, it can be challenging to get them back on track.

Choose The Right Spot

Consider putting a conifer you purchase in a pot into the ground after a year or so. It should have the best chance of thriving as a result of this and careful watering.

Think about the conifer’s roots if you want to understand why this becomes a problem. In a small pot, the roots of a tree will quickly outgrow the available space as they grow longer.
The conifer finds it exponentially more difficult to obtain the nutrients it needs as the proportion of roots to soil changes.

Your plant is attempting to manage its resources desperately by browning and shedding off needles, but unless you intervene, it is unlikely that this will be enough to rescue it.

Closing Words

I am well aware that Conifers might be demanding and they require a lot of work, but they also look great, so the whole work it’s worth bit, by my estimation, always.

I hope you will find this article helpful and you will save your Conifer from dying.

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Natalia Michalska

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