Was this tree planted correctly/will it be ok?
I just purchased a weeping cherry blossom tree. My husband helped me plant it, but he was in a hurry and I'm a little worried about the way it was planted.
We dug a nice big hole and really broke up the soil. And then we filled it back up until it was about as deep as the pot the tree was in. We also made sure to dig it around twice the width of the pot.
What has me worried is that he just plopped the tree in the ground and then began filling the soil in around it and packing it down with his boots. I asked if we needed to break apart the roots a little before planting but he disagreed. Also the instructions said to fill then "tamp" the soil. So that is why he packed it down a lot. By my interpretation was to fill it all in first, then pack it down a little...not to keep packing it every few inches as it was filled.
Can anyone clarify for me if this was done correctly? I'm not an expert gardener, but all my plants have usually done really well, and one of the things I've always followed was to break apart the roots before planting. I just don't know if the same applies for trees.
Can I leave the tree as is? Or do I need to re-plant it?
And on a side note. I noticed that the tag on the tree says this variety grows 12' tall and 20' wide. None of the pictures I've seen show the tree this wide. And I just can't imagine it becoming that wide. I kind of hope it doesn't. Does anyone have any experience with the growth of these trees? It is a snow fountains weeping cherry.