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E. Vinje
Keymaster

Hi Shawn –

Your first step is to determine what type of soil you have in the backyard. Lychee trees are prone to root rot and diseases if planted in a heavy, clay soil. If you have a clay, I would avoid adding anything that will retain water until your tree older and stronger. Adding compost to clay soils can help with the structure of the soil and make it more ideal for planting. Also, young lychee trees have almost no tolerance for frost. They should be protected for the first three years until truly established.

Nutrient demands aren’t too high for young trees. They can actually get nutrient burn fairly badly while they are young, and it isn’t recommended. However, we offer a fertilizer additive, Maxicrop liquid seaweed (0-0-1), that can help with transplant shock. The tree won’t require many nutrients until it is mature, and demands nitrogen for healthy top growth. I recommend an all-purpose fertilizer or a classic fruit tree fertilizer, which we offer on our website.

Here is a website I found that was incredibly helpful and has a more in-depth description of what you may be looking for.

http://ceventura.ucanr.edu/Com_Ag/Subtropical/Minor_Subtropicals/Lychee/

Hope it helps!