Every year, we anticipate the arrival of the lovely, fragrant cherry blossoms, which seem to cry, “Spring has finally here!” However, if the preceding year was particularly dry or drought-like, we may be disappointed with the spring cherry blossom exhibit.
Similarly, a particularly rainy growing season can cause serious problems for cherry trees. Cherry trees have highly specific watering requirements; too much or too little water can have disastrous consequences for the tree. To learn how to water a cherry tree, keep reading.
Watering Cherry Trees
Cherry trees can be seen growing wild across the state. They thrive in sandy loam or even rocky soils in the wild but may not grow properly in deep clay soils. This is also true for residential gardens and orchards. To grow, blossom, and produce fruit in good quantity, cherry trees need well-draining soil.
Cherry trees’ leaves can curl and drop if the soil is too dry or they are suffering from drought stress. Drought stress can also result in fewer blooms and fruit on cherry trees and reduced tree growth.
On the other hand, over-irrigation can result in a variety of terrible fungal diseases. Excessive water can also smother the roots of cherry trees, resulting in stunted trees that don’t bloom or set fruit and eventually plant death. This means that you must be careful while watering cherry trees; otherwise, you won’t get the type of fruit you desire.
General Guidelines to Follow to Keep Cherry Trees Irrigated
- You won’t need to provide any additional water if the growing season produces about an inch of rain every 10 days or so. However, if it gets particularly dry in a week, you can give your young cherry tree a good, thorough soaking.
- Allowing your garden hose to drip slowly around the root zone is the easiest method to water cherry plants. Instead of rushing off over the soil surface, the water has an opportunity to soak in and reach the roots. A soaker hose can also be used to water multiple trees at once. Allow enough water to moisten the earth around the roots of your cherry tree.
- It’s crucial to remember that even if you’re experiencing a “brown-lawn drought,” you shouldn’t overwater. It’s enough to do it once every seven to ten days (or even once every two weeks). Waterlogged, drowning roots are even worse than thirsty, dry roots.
- Although a small depression in the soil during the growing season helps minimize runoff, it’s critical to bring the soil around the tree up to the same level as the surrounding soil for the winter. Water could freeze around the tree’s trunk if this settled dirt is not filled in.
How to Care for Cherry Trees?
In addition to watering, you must focus on other aspects to keep your cherry trees in good condition. Here are some important things you should pay attention to:
Fertilizer gives your tree the nutrients it requires to reach peak health and fruit output. It should be applied in the early spring, just before bud break, to help the new development. A soil test from a reliable lab can help you figure out how much and what kind of fertilizer and nutrients to use.
Alternatively, pour a thin layer of compost around the tree to the drip line, or administer 1/8 pound of nitrogen for every inch of trunk diameter. Remember the ancient adage that it is preferable to under- fertilize than to over-fertilize: over-fertilization causes sluggish, leafy growth with fewer blooms.
Mites, peach tree borers, green fruit worms, and fruit flies are among the pests that attack cherry plants. Wet winters allow fungus, viruses, and bacteria to establish themselves, resulting in illnesses including blight, leaf curl, and brown rot.
A copper sulfate spray sprayed twice or three times throughout the winter months helps control most infections. To avoid a recurrence, remove any affected branches or fruit. Paint the trunk of your tree with white latex paint diluted with equal parts water to prevent shothole borers from attacking it.
To ensure that your cherry trees produce quality fruit, make sure to follow the guidelines we have discussed above. Remember never to overwater your plants as it can be damaging for cherry trees.