Been a while since I posted.
Need some opinions.
Its about to get very cold in the UK and I was wondering whether I
should wrap up and protect my cherry tree.
Its a 3 yr old sunburst on a giesela5 rootstock. It was in a pot until
November and since then Ive transplanted it into the ground (in Nov).
Its on a south southeast facing wall and fairly sheltered.
Ive bubble wrapped the more exposed branches.
Hi take exception to the need to go to a UK newsgroup to get help.
There is nothing in the original request that is peculiar to the UK.
I'm not sure how cold it gets in your part of the UK, but I will try
to cover most cases.
For very cold conditions, fruit trees should have an insulating layer
of mulch around the base (not right up to trunk). About 2 to 3 inches
of thickness should do. Winter sun can sometimes burn the trunk, so
you may want to put something like a plastic tree wrap around the main
trunk to protect it. Since you tree is sheltered from most of the
strong winter winds, you need not take any more protective measures.
If the ground is not frozen, you should give it a good watering before
the ground freezes. If you have critters like rabbits around, you
put a tall wire fence around the base of the tree, as these kinds
of animals might chew on the bark, especially if they are having
trouble finding food in the winter.
Hope this helps,
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