Weeping Cherry doesn't flower - Knowledgebase Question

Manlius, NY
Question by zhengyi_yao
May 10, 2006
My weeping cherry tree was planted about three years ago. The tree looks very healthy, well shaped and plenty leaves with no sign of being damaged by any means. The tree is planted under full sun. However, I've yet see it flower except this Spring. The tree flowered no more than thirty flowers all together (some earlier than other). I've also noticed that most of the flowers were on the tip of each branch. What should I do to get more flowers?


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Answer from NGA
May 10, 2006

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Flowering cherries tend to take several years to become well rooted and established after planting and the flowering increases annually after that, so this may just be a case of the tree needing more maturity. It sounds as though your tree is growing well and has begun to bloom so there is probably nothing lacking. But to assure that soil conditions are adequate, you might try a topdressing of good quality compost in the spring and use an organic mulch over the root area to reduce competition from lawn grasses or other plants. You could also apply a general purpose granular fertilizer or a slow release fertilizer in the spring per the label directions. Enjoy your cherry tree!

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