I've read all the reviews on Willis Orchard Co. and after I've ordered some trees in the past from them, most of it dies within the first year. Earlier this year I called to complain about my order not surviving and one tree was supposed to be an American Filbert. Turns out it was a rootless Mockernut Hickory. After arguing with management over the phone, finally they sent me my replacements: One Hall's Hardy Almond and an American Filbert. Both had some roots and looked promising to plant. A month later, the filbert died back almost to the root and I pruned it to the ground. Now it's starting to grow small shoots and should survive. The almond tree looked even better with its plentiful roots and over 7' tall with nice green cambium tissue when pruned back or when you nick the bark. This was back in early April and June is hours away and still no buds swelling. The tree is still alive and I've been feeding it some rooting hormone solution once a month. Is there anything else that I can do to stimulate the bud growth ?