Plant Care 101: Eastern Redbud Tree
Rich color, lighthearted blooms and easy, effortless vibes - there's a lot to love when it comes to springtime. And now that we're in the thick of the season, it's the perfect time to highlight one of our seasonal staples: The Eastern Redbud Tree.
This eye-catching favorite boasts a deep pink color that stands out amongst other flowering varieties. Plus, it's super easy, from planting to care and beyond, especially with our pointers.
Scouting the Area
The first thing on the list? Selecting the perfect area for the Eastern Redbud. Luckily, it's easy but it is important, so knowing its needs is important.
For starters, the Eastern likes full to partial sun, which means about 4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day and some protection from harsh afternoon exposure. And it performs best in growing zones 4 through 9, with cold hardiness down to -20 degrees. Generally, the Eastern Redbud does well in just about any climate, so long as it has a bit of sun and well-drained soil.
And when you're finally ready to plant, it's effortless. Simply dig a hole that's about twice the width of your tree's root ball, place your Eastern Redbud Tree, and back fill the soil. Finally, water the surrounding soil to settle your tree's roots.
Spring and fall are the perfect seasons to plant, by the way. Just ensure you've waited until after the final frost in spring, or ensure you plant before the first frost in fall.
But the best news? Planting is the hardest part - seriously. When it comes to preparing your Eastern Redbud Tree for a long life, the first part is simple.
The next step is setting a watering schedule, but don't be daunted: This all-important component is effortless, too. For your Eastern Redbud, we recommend watering about once weekly or checking your soil.
To check your soil, stick your finger in, about 2 or 3 inches down. If the soil is dry here, water until the surrounding soil is moist but not oversaturated. Climate does play a role, so you may have to water your Eastern Redbud a week during hot summers or just once every two or three weeks during chillier months.
And watering later in the evening, after the heat of the day has subsided, is ideal.
To shape future growth, pruning your Eastern Redbud while it's young is a must.
Prune the tree in early summer, after the Eastern has finished blooming. Begin the pruning process by removing any larger lower branches and branches that cross over each other or rub together. And when you cut the branches close to the trunk, avoid leaving any stubs.
If you find that several branches need to be removed, prune them over the a course of a couple of months for best results. And in the late winter, prune any dead or diseased wood, as well as tiny twigs and branches that have turned brown. Finally, remove shoots that are coming up from the bottom or out of the trunk directly.
FGT Tip: Sterilize your pruning tools with rubbing alcohol for a healthy, super clean cut!
Fertilizing and Finale
Last but not least: Fertilizing. It's like the cherry on top for your Eastern Redbud. In early spring, apply a complete fertilizer, such as 5-10-5, in granular form. Granular is a dry, pelleted fertilizer.
Spread your fertilizer evenly around the root zone of the plant and follow the label instructions. This fertilizing process, combined with maintaining several inches of organic mulch year-round, should be sufficient to feed the soil.
Basically, if you're looking for springtime color and crisp views that are hassle free, look no further than the Eastern Redbud. It's the symbol of the season for a reason, after all. Check out more about this fresh favorite here!