Do you know when is the right time to plant a weeping cherry tree within your region is or are you seeking that information? Follow us in this article as we discuss all you need to know about a cherry tree.
Pink weeping cherry trees are not only stunning but elegant ornamentals; they are also exceptionally hard and low-maintenance trees.
These trees know how to put a breathtaking pastel show in spring when their arched branches bloom with pale pink flowers. This graceful fountain-shaped tree provides year-round visual interest. It produces glossy green leaves in summer, golden leaves in autumn, and bronze bark in winter.
Best of all the ornamental trees are not high-maintenance; they do so well with minimal care as they are hardy and robust.
When To Plant A Weeping Cherry Tree
The weeping tree is best planted in the spring season. Though you can plant it nearly any time of the year, those planted in the spring bloom at the right time.
The weeping cherry tree does well in USDA hardiness zones of 5 through 8. It is a cold-hardy down up to -10 degrees and can do well in Northern, Western, and Southern regions.
If you already have a weeping cherry tree in your garden, we can help you keep it growing strong. The weeping tree is easy to grow and take care of with proper long-term care. Here we will share some tips that will help you.
How To Plant The Weeping Cherry Tree
Choose The Right Spot. The weeping tree is not a fussy tree so you can grow it in full sun and well-drained soil to thrive. Full sun means 6 to 8 hours of good sunlight daily with some protection from the harsh afternoon sun.
Prepare The Holes. Once you have selected an ideal location, go ahead and make holes to plant your weeping cherry tree. Dig a hole twice the width of your tree’s root ball with some extra width to accommodate the mature tree it will grow into.
Plant Your Tree. Place the cherry tree into the ready hole and backfill with soil then water it to settle your tree’s roots. Finally, mulch the area to conserve the moisture. Avoid mulching right under the tree trunk rather apply mulch all around the adjacent soil.
Staking For Support. In the first year after planting your cherry tree, you will need to stake it with proper support until they establish a robust root system. The young cherry trees are top-heavy and if not staked early enough the tree might collapse under the weight of the canopy and start growing along the ground. Do not plant the weeping tree deeper or mound more soil at the base to keep it growing straight. These methods will not work rather staking is the best method.
Ongoing Care for the Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree
Watering. Long-term care for this tree is nothing much as this tree is carefree and can survive with less maintenance. The most important part is watering about once or twice per week as a general rule of thumb. But if you are not sure when to water, just check the soil. If the topsoil is dry around your tree, it’s time to water. A slow trickle with a garden hose is best to use until the soil is moist. The weather also plays an important role – in the dry season, water at least twice a week, and cold season water only once a week or once every 2 or 3 three weeks.
Fertilizing. For the first couple of years keep the weeds under control around your tree. By the third year, fertilize your weeping cherry tree with a nitrogen blend. Apply your nitrogen blend in the spring or spread the blend into 2 to 4 equal applications through the spring and summer seasons.
Pruning. Most gardeners fear the pruning process – it’s easy. All you need to do is to remove any old faded flowers to promote new growth in the following season. Prune your tree during dormancy especially in winter to remove dead or diseased branches. Always sterilize your tools by rubbing alcohol as a healthy cut during pruning.
- Pests And Diseases. The weeping cherry tree is not affected by any serious pests or diseases. Therefore, d not use any harsh sprays but if you encounter any issues treat it with a natural insecticidal soap or BioNeem solution.
Planting A Weeping Cherry Tree Conclusion
Once grown, the weeping cherry tree does not require much care. It is drought-resistant, heat tolerant, and stands up to snow and ice. If you experience low temperatures below -10 degrees, use a frost blanket to protect your tree.
With the above care, you will have a beautiful weeping cherry tree that blooms with tons of color to elevate your landscape and brighten your day.