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Weeping Cherry Tree Not Flowering

I've had a weeping cherry tree for about three years now. It was transplanted, and it was about 8 or 9 feet tall then. There were leaves on the tree, midsummer, I believe. She's done well ever since then except for the fact that every year up until this year she's bloomed about 5 blooms total each season. Last year she only bloomed 3 flowers. This year she's not bloomed at all, but she's putting out big beautiful leaves like always and growing like crazy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Hardiness Zone: 6a

Kelly from Greeneville, TN

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March 20, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Kelly

From what you say, your tree sounds pretty healthy if the leaves are plentiful. Possibly you have been too kind to it? Most flowering plants put out more flowers when there is a lack of nutrients in the soil. Cut down on the nitrogen fertiliser and use only potash and it should improve in a year or two. I have one in my garden - I never feed it at all and it flowers madly every year (this is its third spring and the buds are looking good again).

Also - Susan - your tree may need a boost to the roots - try mixing bone meal into the topsoil (deep enough for the cats not to dig it up as they will eat it!). Once the leaves are looking good change to the potash fertiliser - potash is great for flowers.

Good luck both.

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March 20, 20070 found this helpful

Hello again. My tree does seem to be healthy, but I've never used nitrogen on it...maybe too much in the soil? If so how do I stop that, and where's a good source of pot ash? Thank you. :)

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March 20, 20070 found this helpful

Hello again. My tree does seem to be healthy, but I've never used nitrogen on it...maybe too much in the soil? If so how do I stop that, and where's a good source of pot ash? Thank you. :)

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May 5, 20070 found this helpful

We bought a double weeping cherrie tree from Home Depot in March, it had no buds on it but none of them in the store did. It was in a pot and the tree is about 5 feet tall. We planted it, did all the right steps to prepare the soil, planted it deep enough and fertlized it and all. Still no buds. All the ones around at other homes already have leaves and flowers. We don't even have leaves ! help please.

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March 17, 20080 found this helpful

Thinking about buying a weeping cherry tree. Can't find any info on how fast they grow. Any ideas? Sounds like they may be hard to grow or am I wrong? Will they tolerate the heat of a Texas summer?

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April 19, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Kelly!! I was reading on weeping cherry trees and saw your comment. I also live in Greeneville,TN.

How cool is this! How is your tree this year?

I really think I'll get me a couple.


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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

I purchased a double weeping cherry this spring from home depot. It had a few leaves on it. I followed directions to the letter The few leaves it had have died and it looks like the branches are brittle. The warranty is only for 1 year. The weather was so nice, I purchased it early April. If I wait till next Spring to see if it took the warranty will be up. Not sure if I should take it back now or wait. I haven't had much luck with plants from home depot. Sorry I couldn't help. Good luck

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June 22, 20080 found this helpful

If the cherry tree was once overcome by those caterpillars that eat the leaves - can it be saved?

I have one also and used to bloom very nicely but hasn't since.

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June 25, 20080 found this helpful

Mine was not transplanted - it is about 30 years old.

It came with the house! The leaves come but not the blooms - should it just be cut down or can it be saved?

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July 20, 20080 found this helpful

I have three weeping "Higans" cherry trees that grow very fast. In fact, all three would have leaves on the ground if I did not prune them regularly. Higans are the hardiest and longest living ornamental cherry trees and they need water. I've never seen a cherry tree that blooms as beautiful and grows as fast as a Higans.

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July 29, 20090 found this helpful

Generally, nitrogen encourages leaf and shoot growth. So cut back on the nitrogen. Phosphorus enhances energy production, and greatly helps with flowers and fruit (high energy users), potash helps with overall health. So less nitrogen and more phosphorus (bone meal) and potash (wood ashes) should help a lot with flowering.

And to the people that have trees with no buds - either at home or at the nursery, cherry buds are quite visible, if there are no buds its dead. If it is at the nursery or Home Depot - don't buy it unless it has full visible buds.

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March 19, 20070 found this helpful
Q: I have weeping cherry tree that is about 6' tall that we transplanted a year ago from one part of the yard to the front yard. It is still alive but has not put out any new buds or flowers since the transplant why? Will the tree return to it's prior condition?

Hardiness Zone: 7a

Susan From New York

A: Hi Susan,

Here is what I know about cherry trees. Regardless of the variety, most of them prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Did either of these conditions change from the backyard to the front yard? Cherry trees are also easily damaged by planting them too deeply, or by allowing mulch to remain against the lower trunk.

In general, the older the tree (assuming it's a bare-root tree and not a tree from a container) the more susceptible it is to transplant shock because it usually requires severing a greater number of large roots. Cherry trees respond well to fertilizer. If you're sure your tree is still alive, I would suggest giving it a boost of tree fertilizer in March. Use one especially formulated for cherry trees and apply it around the drip line in the amount directed on the package.

Another thing to pay attention to is whether or not other flowering trees in your area are doing anything. If they are, then your tree either suffered some kind of stress when you moved it or the soil or light conditions are no longer supporting it. Just like people, older trees can need extra time to adapt to change. If it's still alive, there's a good chance it will come back.

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Weeping Cherry Tree Not Flowering

Your tree is probably suffering from transplant shock. It may take 1-3 years to recover and return to normal blooming. Is the sun/shade exposure differnt than the original location? Is the soil wetter or drier than the original location? Both of these can affect the tree's recover and ultimately its survival. (02/27/2006)

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