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Chinese redbud trees

I bought 6 trees through the post 2 years ago and duly planted them along side my garden wall approx 3 feet apart with a view to them developing a screen ie for privacy. They have grown well (from 6 inch cuttings to 5ft bush type structures) but are yet to produce any of their famous bright purple blossom. Does anyone have  any experience of growing them? I would be most grateful for any advice to encourage this years blossom. 

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    I have some young Cercis myself so am also interested in any advice.  I read that they shouldn't be fed with artificial fertilizers and that they don't really need pruning, so I'll treat them with 'controlled neglect' and see how it goes.image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Bunty3Bunty3 Posts: 13

    Oh dear, not only have I pruned (was trying to encourage tree shape) but have also been feeding with psychedelic blue miracle grow.....oops. Will be interested to see how yours fare, Bob. Incidentally, have read that they don't like to be moved.... All a bit precious, it seems.

     

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    I think you'll be ok with some formative pruning while they're young but probably best to leave them to it once that is done and would lay-off with the MG.  Yes, they do seem a bit finicky - I don't normally grow things which are picky but got carried away when I was plant shopping and think they must have, erm, "accidentally fallen into the basket"! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • You do not prune them! They do like rich soil and full sun.

  • Bunty3Bunty3 Posts: 13

    Mine were an impulse buy also.... 6 for £30.....hey ho.....thanks for the advise...fingers crossed for the spring.

     

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