How to plant a cherry tree
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Any fruit tree can add structure and shape to your garden as well offering the promise of a bumper autumn fruit harvest, but cherry trees look especially beautiful when they blossom and fruit.
Choose a spot with deep, fertile and well-drained soil
Dig a hole that's slightly wider and deeper than the roots of the sapling
If the sides of the hole are compacted, break the soil up with a fork before planting
Remove the tree from the container, carefully place it into the hole to check the depth - the collar line should be level with the top of the soil
Holding the sapling upright, fill the hole with soil and press it down around the roots
Check your sapling is now upright, resistant to a firm tug and has no roots showing above ground
Protect your tree with a guard if necessary, and use a cane or stake for extra support.
Protect cherry flowers from frost damage by covering with horticultural fleece
- Soak bare-rooted trees for about 30 minutes prior to planting and give containerised plants a good water before taking them out of their pots
- It's important not to compact the soil too much, but don't be afraid of using your heel to ensure your tree is firmly in the ground
- Keep trees well watered during the early stages of fruit development, they also benefit from a top-dressing of a general fertiliser in mid-spring