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Prunus Subhirtella Pendula - Weeping Cherry

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My daughter has bought a weeping cherry - prunus subhirtella pendula for her garden. She wants to grow it in a large container beneath a sturdy wooden pergola with the branches trailing down over the top of the pergola. It’s approx 10 ft in height. The garden centre she bought it from have said that it won’t grow too much taller than its current height in the next 5 - 10 years and will be fine in a container provided it’s kept watered. I’m unsure whether it will be ok in a container or it should be planted in the ground. Any suggestions welcome.

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  • Posted: Fri. 12th April 2019 20:10

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Reply from Sandie Lyne

Hello:-)

Your daughter’s new Prunus will be perfectly happy in a large container. Ensure the container has a good 5 inches of space all around and at least that underneath and above. Use John Innes No#3 mixed with some multipurpose compost - 3 parts JI3 to compost, also add perlite for aeration and grit to ensure good drainage. Once planted out gravel over the surface to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Most importantly, do not let the tree dry out completely but also do not overwater! One good soak per week is better than a dribble every day! If there is very hot weather water as needed. Feed with a liquid fertiliser (Seaweed based is good) once a month during the growing season. Prune in summer not winter. It should be happy for several years. After which you can scrape off the top layer and add fresh JI3/compost. Hope this helps. Best regards, Happy Easter!

  • Posted: Thu. 18th April 2019 15:55