Keep your flowering cherry tree looking good by pruning it regularly into a vase shape. This type of pruning requires regular care, pruning shears, bleach and paper towels.Know More
Sharpen the shears as needed to keep from damaging the wood. Mix together a bleach solution with nine parts bleach to one part water, and dip the shears into the solution. This prevents the shears from transmitting disease to your tree.
Choose three or four primary branches that grow at angles between 45 and 60 degrees from the trunk and have at least 6 inches of buffer space. Prune the limbs down to 24 inches. This encourages branching and growth. Cut the branches off 1/4 inch above the bud. Each year choose three or four other scaffold branches, and prune them down to 30 inches.
Remove all but two secondary branches from the scaffold branches by cutting them away at the base. Prune the remaining secondary branches down to 24 inches to encourage tertiary branch growth.
Once your tree is old enough and reaches its third season, reduce pruning dramatically to allow fruit growth. Remove only dead and damaged growth. Trim away shoots.
A weeping cherry tree can grow 20 to 25 feet high for a standard variety with sizes dropping by half to two-thirds that size for dwarf varieties. Weeping cherry trees are small, imported trees with aromatic, showy flowers.Full Answer >
Young cherry trees should be kept pruned such that they resemble a vase in order to distribute light and rainwater evenly, older trees require more substantial pruning to remove dead and diseased elements. It is a difficult task which requires sterile pruning shears, a ladder, and protective gardening gloves.Full Answer >
President George Washington was said to have cut down a cherry tree, however this story is believed to be a myth. According to the story, Washington's father found his cherry tree had been cut down and the six-year old Washington confessed to the deed stating, "I cannot tell a lie."Full Answer >
Pruning small trees is relatively easy and the method involves making several cuts on the branch part of the stem collar. One very important aspect when pruning trees is to protect the main trunk or stem of the tree while making the cuts. This encourages a faster healing of the pruned portion of the tree and also protects the other branches that are growing on the stem.Full Answer >