How to Care for a Weeping Snow Fountain Cherry Tree

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A weeping snow fountain cherry tree makes a lovely addition to any yard. The cherry tree grows long garlands of white flowers that reach the ground and last for most of the spring. The tree grows at a slow rate and stays relatively small, so it is an acceptable tree even for smaller gardens. Like most fruit trees, though, you need to go to extra lengths to keep your weeping snow fountain cherry tree healthy for it to be a long-lasting and beautiful addition to your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Garden shears
  • Petroleum jelly

Provide your weeping snow fountain cherry tree with a generous amount of water during the hot season. You can test the soil to see whether your tree needs to be watered. Simply press your fingers into the soil surrounding the tree; if the top layer of soil is dry to the touch, water the tree. You should not water the tree until the first layer of soil is dry or you may be giving the tree too much water, which can lead to root rot and ultimately kill your cherry tree.

Fertilize your tree in the early spring as new leaves start appearing. This gives your tree the extra energy it needs to produce beautiful white flowers all spring. Garden Guides recommends fertilizer for flowering trees or a 10-10-10 formulation. To reduce gardening time, some fertilizers can be mixed with your tree’s normal water ration.

Check the soil around your cherry tree for any weeds. Weeds steal nutrients and water you supply to your cherry tree. If you kill the weeds, you help eliminate the competition. Check your tree’s soil once a week to find any new weeds sprouting and pull them out immediately. The earlier you catch the weeds, the easier it is to uproot them.

Examine your weeping snow fountain cherry tree in the late summer after the blooms have disappeared. Remove branches that seem to droop or look unhealthy. You should also clip any sprouts that are growing near the base of the trunk as soon as they start developing. Use well-sharpened garden clippers so you cut the sprouts rather than tear them. Pruning will let the tree channel its energy to remaining, healthy branches.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cover the tips of the branches you prune with petroleum jelly. This shields them as they heal and helps prevent infections from occurring.
  • Wear gloves when you pull weeds around you tree. Some weeds have sharp barbs, and the gloves will help shield your hands.

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