Lavender Twist Redbud Care: Growing Weeping Lavender Twist Redbuds
Growing weeping redbud trees are very easy if you follow some simple instructions. You don’t need any special tools or equipment. However, it’s good to have a few things like a tiller and other gardening supplies.
If you’re new to growing weeping redbud trees, then please read our article How To Grow A Withering Lavender Tree first!
Wearing gloves when working with redbud trees will protect your hands from the sap that oozes out of the tree. Also, wear rubber boots to avoid slipping and falling down a hill while harvesting or cutting off branches. Wear long pants so you won’t get mud all over your legs.
When you cut off a branch, make sure not to pull too hard because it may cause the whole branch to fall on top of you.
You’ll need to plant a bunch of redbud seeds in soil that contains compost. Then, dig up the roots and put them into pots. Make sure they’re big enough so that you can easily lift them out later.
Once planted, water the seedlings every two weeks until they start sprouting leaves. After about three months, transplant the plants into containers where you keep them watered regularly and protected from frost (or at least away from direct sunlight). You can also plant your redbud trees in the ground, but it’s best to wait until the spring or fall when the ground isn’t so hard and the weather is a bit warmer.
You can grow weeping redbuds from seeds. Follow the steps mentioned above. Once you plant them in a pot or directly in the ground, water them and keep them watered regularly.
It’ll take a few months before they start sprouting leaves. Also, make sure to protect them from frost.
These are the basic steps in growing redbud trees. If you have any more questions about planting or taking care of redbuds, please ask us!
How To Prune a Lavender Twist Redbud
The first thing you’ll need to do is take your redbud tree out of the pot by grabbing the rim and gently pulling upward. Be careful when lifting the rootball as roots can break easily. Next, look at your tree and determine what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.
With redbud trees, you’ll always have a main trunk (also known as the bole) with many branches coming off it. The goal is to thin out some of these branches to open up the center of the tree and create multiple trunks. This process is called pollarding. Many times gardeners will cut all branches off the tree, wait a year and then allow one or two sides to grow again.
This is a fairly simple process and will depend on personal preference. With that said, here are some steps to get you started:
Choose which branches you want to keep. Remember, you can always add more later! Cut off any other branches you don’t want.
If it’s a small tree, then it only has one trunk. In this case, you can cut it down the middle or make 2-3 cuts on the trunk going up. Choose a height that you like and then cut off anything above that line. The great thing about redbud trees is that they grow back very quickly! After making your cuts, you can take a knife and carefully shape the tree. It’s pretty easy to do because branches are soft and they bend quite easily. Just make sure you don’t damage the bark.
The last step is watering. Since you’ve done a lot of work to your tree, it’ll need extra water! Water it generously and then continue to water it every 2-3 days for the next two weeks.
After that time period, you can decrease watering frequency because the roots have probably re-established themselves at this point.
And there you have it, how easy is that?
With a little love and attention, your redbud tree should thrive in your garden. Please let us know if you have any questions and thanks for reading!
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