How to Plant a Young Cherry Tree
Besides producing a great tasting fruit, a cherry tree will add great color to your garden. It is, however, a delicate tree that lives for only about 20 years and requires a lot of work to maintain. You will want to take into consideration the high level of care and maintenance involved before choosing a cherry tree for your landscape. Easily damaged and susceptible to disease, cherry trees must be harvested correctly to give the tree a healthy life and prosperous fruit yield. This all begins with the planting of the young cherry tree.
Step 1: Select The Best Location
Choosing the right location for your cherry tree is critical to its survival. A cherry tree should be planted in a high area where there is plenty of sunlight. Cherry trees love the sunlight. They thrive in the light, but also need a breeze to keep them cooled off. Do not plant the trees in a low area where water will run off towards the tree.
Step 2: Prepare Soil
Along with choosing the right location, you must prepare the soil properly before planting the tree. The soil must be slightly acidic and well drained. Mix some fertilizer with the soil before you plant the tree to give it a chance to be properly balanced. There are specific fertilizers for cherry trees that you can also use to make sure the ground has the correct acidity and pH level.
Step 3: Choose Your Tree
You will want to make sure that you start with a healthy cherry tree that will thrive in your landscape. You can check this out by looking at the general condition of the tree. Is the root ball breaking apart? Are leaves brown and riddled with holes? Check for any broken branches or open gaps in the limbs or trunk of the tree. Choose a tree that is solid and has a general healthy appearance.
Step 4: Plant Tree
When you plant your tree, the best time of the year is in the spring. This will ensure that the new tree has a full season to establish its roots before the colder weather sets in. Dig a hole that is slightly larger then the root ball. It should be only as deep as the root ball itself. Set the tree in the middle of the hole and stand upright.
Step 5: Brace Tree
Once you have the tree set in the hole, brace it with rope and takes. Wrap some small strips of burlap around the trunk of the tree and tie rope around it. Extend the rope ends out and tie to stakes in the ground. This will keep the tree from leaning over as it is establishing its roots.
Step 6: Water Tree
Water the tree immediately after planting and then once a week after that. Make sure the soil remains moist but not dried out. After the first season, you can water the tree as you would any other fruit tree.