Friday, March 28, 2014

Prunus Cistena - Purple Leaf Sandcherry

Spring Time. Finally. The days are lengthening, the nights are warmer and buds are swelling. Well, not all of them.. I've got some late bloomers this year from the insane winter we just had.


Not sure why this one happened. I was at a nursery talking to a friend about kusamono and I spotted a little dwarf purple leaf cherry that caught my eye. I see these trees as I enter my subdivision every day. My kids admire their flowers and dark foliage and ask me about them.

They're pretty.

Plus I always get discounts at that particular nursery and I like discounts.

You're here for pictures. Not my disjointed writing. I get it.

BAM! There she is. Healthy and pushing buds everywhere... On the trunk even. Promising.

There is a lack of branches towards the back of the tree which will require a cooperative bud and 3-4 years of free growth to catch up to the others. That can be solved with time. I have gobs of it.

Let's get to the chops. You've seen my treatment before. Go hard or go home.

Well that's better. Now for the feet.

First, I sawed off half of the rootball. I learned that there were many thick roots that traveled straight down into the bottom of the pot but no tap root to speak of. We used the hose and some chop sticks to remove most of the soil.
Don't you judge my shitty American beer. Don't you judge me! 

What nebari was present jut out downwards and upwards and cross ways and basically needed attention:

So I got creative with their placement while making sure to spray them with fresh water to keep them moist:

And worked in the soil. This mix is comprised of Pumice/Lava/Pine bark/Akadama/Turface. Some of the ingredients are redundant in their purpose but I mixed some of last years recipe with this years' in order to minimize waste. The root ball is sitting on a base of pure pumice. The roots look better. I hope you agree.

And now to let mother nature do her part. 

Thanks for your time and attention. Do leave a comment if you have one to give. 




Greg Jones said...

How is this tree looking now? Thanks.

Bernard Robinson Jr. said...

Unfortunately, after a strong growing season, it started throwing branches that summer.. :-/ Bummer.

Greg Jones said...

Very sad and thanks for the response. I just picked up one of these trees at a nursery.