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Young Juliet cherry tree - pruning and staking questions?

2 months ago
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Hi everyone,

I am in Edmonton, Alberta (Zone 4a) and I planted a couple of Juliet cherry (tree form) a couple of years ago. They were only in 5 gallon pots then and were very small. In fact, the trunks were very skinny and bending over so badly that they continued to require staking over the last couple of years. This year, the trees have grown substantially but the trunks are still rather weak and are leaning over a lot. I tried not to stake as much as possible but they just bend so much in the wind that I had to stake them. Despite my effort, the trunks are curving over and are not straight. At the same time, there is so much foliage and branch growth that I wonder if they require pruning. Obviously, the weight of these branches don't help with the trunk leaning over.

I am wondering if anyone can advise me as to whether I should be pruning these very young tree form shrubs and if I should do the staking differently to make the trunk grow straighter please?

Thanks in advance!

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