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Blossom tree in pot, leaning. What to do?

a1154a1154 Sunny South Scotland Posts: 996
I don’t know what happened here, the lean on the trunk is into the wind, so wasn’t that. Should I leave it, cut out the leader, try repotting it straight, or into the ground straight? 
Sorry can’t remember what it is. 


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,637
    I think it's far too big for that pot and the weight is making it lean over. Looks like a flowering cherry or plum. Needs to be planted into the ground at an angle to make the main stem look more upright and/or staked. Don't prune it until mid-summer as it could get a nasty disease called silver leaf. 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,677
    Any tree will be happier in the ground, but if you need to keep them in a pot, I would re-pot, into a larger size pot and re-set it to tilt back so the leader branch is vertical again. Check the base to make sure there is no breakage.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,121
    If it has well developed roots you may have to break that pot to get it out - pots with vertical or outward tapering sides are always safer!
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