Planting Cercis

February and March are the ideal time for planting bare rooted Cercis. The worst of the winter is hopefully behind us and any cold snap rarely lasts for long and even in the event of a long , cold period it is not so difficult to mulch and protect one tree. The Cercis cultivars which Treetyme supplies are all very hardy in the UK climate and will not suffer from a few degrees of frost, but it is still wise to protect exposed or newly planted roots from severe frost.
For those who are planting a bare rooted Cercis for the first time they will immediately notice the very fangy nature of the roots and fibre is almost totally nonexistant. To plant such a tree goes against what all the garden pundits and soothsayers say when giving advice for buying and planting bare rooted trees, and indeed with trees a principal is that fibrous roots are advantageous.However young Cercis grafted onto canadensis roots are rarely fibrous even if grown on sandy soil. It has long been a surprise to me that even when there is only a single tap root the Cercis are very resilient to bare root transplanting with very few that fail to grow. The far bigger reason for plants dying is that they are planted with too much of the root neck out of the soil. It is very critical for quicker and more reliable growth to have the graft only 3-5cm above the soil and then to mulch very well to avoid drying out. The plants should be staked for support as there is little root at this stage to support the tree.Good luck to all those who have purchased a tree from Treetyme in this our first season. You can look forward to many years appreciating its beauty.