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What to Remember While Planting a Weeping Cherry Tree

By September 11, 2017 June 23rd, 2019 No Comments

If you are an avid gardener, you must have heard of the cherry trees that can add a new shine to your landscape. When they are blooming, they can be mesmerizing. You can see various pictures of them over the internet to know why we are appreciating it so much.

In case you have heard of them before of you are impressed by them right now then you might want to know how to add one or probably two of them in your landscaping design. If so, you should know the below mentioned information before proceeding.

 

weeping cherry tree

 

  1. Weather

Adding weeping cherry to a landscape is better for people who live in warmer climates. If the weather is not so warm, you will need to take extra precautions to ensure that it survives and thrives.

In case you live in an area where snowfall is common then you might need to plant it in a container and bring it indoors when the wind is extremely chilled.

 

  1. Hole

When you dig a hold for planting a weeping cherry, you need to ensure that the size of the hole is larger than the container. If you want, you can invest in a permeable container that naturally breaks down over the time.

You should remember that while planting the trees, you need to ensure that the roots are disturbed as little as possible. After digging the hole, you also need to ensure that the roots are not standing in a water-logged hole by adding some sand or gravel to the bottom of the hold if the spot you have selected is too moist.

It will ensure better drainage while watering. It is also wise to remember that watering is frequently provided to weeping cherry trees because this tree is more vulnerable to fungus and disease.

 

  1. Unusual Growth of Branches

Another thing you must know about weeping cherry is that it is grafted from another tree. A bud is taken from a cherry tree and it’s grafted to a tree known as the stock root tree.

A slit is cut into the stock root tree and then the bud that was earlier cut off is inserted into it. After a while, the bud starts to grow and when it gets to a certain size, it is cut from the root stock.

It is then ready to be marketed. The side effect of this whole procedure is that your weeping cherry tree will grow branches form the root stock.

You can easily notice which branches these are because they grow straight up from the tree rather than growing in the hanging position which is done by the actual willow branches.

You should always remember to prune the branches that are from the root stock because if you let them grow, they will be enough to ruin the entire visual effect of the tree.

If you remove them quickly, they will also not be able to do any damage to your tree. In contrast, if they grow a lot, the straight branches will cause scaring to a weeping cherry tree.

 

  1. Timing

When you are planting or transplanting a tree, you should do it earlier in the growing session because it will allow the time to the tree to re-root itself.

If you do the planting very late in the season, you have a good chance that the tree won’t be able to survive the winter.

In short, to avoid seeing the tree wither in front of your eyes, you should plant it early. If you are too late then you should wait for the spring to plant it.

 

  1. Mulch

When you add a weeping cherry tree to your garden, you should note it down that it will have a circumference of 20 to 40 feet as it will help you to plan the future design of the landscape better.

It is also essential that you add a layer of mulch to the ground that matches the entire circumference of the tree. This step will assist in maintaining the moisture which is a boon for this beautiful tree.

 

Conclusion

All in all, it can be said that though the idea of planting a weeping cherry is a good one, you might want to read up all about it before you impulsively buy one and later dropping the idea as you don’t have much time or patience.

Though you may think that these trees require much maintenance as compared to a normal tree, you should remember that all the efforts would be worth it in spring when it blooms. Your friends & neighbors can’t help but shower you with compliments due to the wonderful landscape addition you planned and executed on your own.