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Plant Care 101: Weeping Cherry Tree

Though the Weeping Cherry Tree is synonymous with the spring season, especially as one of the first to bloom, it can be planted nearly any time of the year. And now is the time to plan next year's garden for vibrant color, blooms and more. If you've already got a Weeping Cherry Tree of your own, we're here to help you keep it growing strong.

Though the Weeping Cherry Tree is synonymous with the spring season, especially as one of the first to bloom, it can be planted nearly any time of the year. And now is the time to plan next year's garden for vibrant color, blooms and more. If you've already got a Weeping Cherry Tree of your own, we're here to help you keep it growing strong.

Or, if you're looking for something new for your garden, look no further. The Weeping Cherry Tree is super easy to add to your landscape, from planting to long-term care and beyond. Especially with our tips and tricks!

How to Plant the Weeping Cherry Tree

Selecting the perfect location is the first step. Thankfully, the Weeping Cherry Tree isn't finicky or fussy, needing only full sun and well-drained soil to thrive.

When we say full sun, we mean 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily, with some protection from the harsh afternoon sun. And the Weeping Cherry acclimates best in growing zones 5 through 8, meaning it's cold hardy down to -10 degrees and can grow in western, northern and southern regions.

Once you've selected your location and are ready to plant your Weeping Cherry, dig a hole that's about twice the width of your tree's root ball, with some extra width to accommodate its mature growth. From there, planting couldn't be simpler. Place your Cherry Tree, backfill the soil and then water to settle your tree's roots. Finally, mulch the area to conserve moisture. When you mulch, avoid touching the tree's trunk and only apply the mulch to the adjacent soil.

Weeping Cherry Tree

Ongoing Care

When it comes to long-term care, the most important part is watering, but the Weeping Cherry is carefree, so it doesn't take much. We recommend watering your tree about once or twice weekly as a general rule of thumb, but if you're not sure when to water, just check the soil.

When the top 3 inches of soil are dry around your tree, it's time to water. A slow trickle with a garden hose until the soil is moist is best. And the weather does come into play here. If you're going through a period of drought, watering twice a week may be necessary. When it's colder outside, you may only need to water once every two or three weeks. 

Fertilizing the Weeping Cherry Tree

For the first couple of years, simply keep any errant weeds away from your tree. 

When the third year of growth arrives, fertilize your Weeping Cherry with a nitrogen blend. Apply this blend once in the spring, or spread the blend into 2 to 4 equal applications spanning the spring and summer seasons.

How to Prune a Cherry Tree?

Don't be intimidated by the pruning process - it's easy! All you need to do is remove any old, faded flowers to promote growth for the following season. Prune your Weeping Cherry Tree during dormancy and as always, remove dead, damaged or diseased branches.

FGT Tip: Always sterilize your tools with rubbing alcohol for a healthy cut during pruning.

Caring for the Weeping Cherry Tree

Here are a few more tips to keep your Weeping Cherry Tree lush and lovely:

  • No serious pest or disease issues affect our Weeping Cherry Tree, so no harsh sprays are needed. But if you do encounter issues, treat with a natural insecticidal soap or BioNeem solution.

  • The Weeping Cherry is drought tolerant, heat tolerant and stands up to snow and ice, but if you experience temperatures below -10 degrees in your area, use a frost blanket to protect your tree.

With our care tips, you'll have springtime beauty that's hassle-free and tons of color to elevate your landscape. Learn more about this spring staple here!