I bought a little sandalwood plant from a nursery. But, after 20-25 days, its leaves started growing yellow. While planting, I used red mud, cow-ding as manure, and neem oil for pest control.

What other steps should I take in order to nourish sandalwood plant, before it is too late?

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    Did you plant directly into cow dung? And, can we get pictures, please? Is the plant indoors or outdoors?
    – Stephie
    Aug 9, 2018 at 14:52
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    Without seeing the tree and knowing a bit more about its situation its hard to say what the problem might be. I know that sandalwood tree's have trouble on their own and often need a host tree in order to get nitrogen.
    – Rob
    Aug 9, 2018 at 15:28
  • @Stephie no! planted it in red soil
    – Ubi.B
    Aug 9, 2018 at 16:11
  • @Rob cow dung is good source of nitrogen
    – Ubi.B
    Aug 9, 2018 at 16:12
  • @ubi hatt Just because nitrogen is present in the soil doesn't mean the plant is capable of absorbing it. I wasn't lying to you sandalwood tree's really do have problems absorbing nitrogen.
    – Rob
    Aug 9, 2018 at 16:14

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I have done some research but without seeing pictures and knowing some specifics about your climate and whatnot I can only get general, so.. in general:

Sandalwood likes lots of sun and temperate rainfall (900-1100 mm/year). They do well within a temperature range of 15-25°C. They prefer soil with a pH around 6. The soil can be somewhat sandy, or rocky.. so long as it has moderate drainage. They dislike waterlogged soil and they aren't meant to grow in a desert; so, somewhere in the middle.

As I stated in the comments they aren't going to thrive without a partner due to their inability to absorb adequate nitrogen from the soil; may I suggest a pigeon pea tree for a life partner?

Protect the little guy: all the herbivores love the sandalwood (for obvious reasons) so its going to behoove you to keep them away from it.

I suspect your problem is revolving around either over or under watering. Based on your description of the soil I am going with over watering. Feel free to add some agents to the plants soil which will help with drainage:

  • Sand <<<----- THIS ONE <<<---

  • Perlite

  • Compost

  • Mulch

  • Vermiculite

  • Small rocks (scant amount preferable volcanic and porous)


Upon reading about sandalwood, I came across these facts:

1- it needs lots of sunlight

2- it is a hemi-parasite which means it can photosynthesize. However, it taps the roots of neighboring trees for added nutrients.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/santalum

The latter may be the culprit of your failure (disclaimer: i never grew that tree. Information is from other sources only). Try to plant it near a tree and watch how it develops.

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