Sunday, May 1, 2011

How to Grow Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms can add beauty to any landscape. Spring has not completely sprung without the cherry blossom blooms. There are a wide variety of cherry blossom trees that you can choose from to use in your garden with varying colors of blooms such as white or pink.

Things you'll need:
  • Cherry blossom seedlings or young plants from nursery
  • Pot or planting area
  • Soil
  • Soil mix
  • fertilizer
  • water
  • basic gardening tools (spade, shovel, pruner)

1. Find a location. If you are planting on the ground in your backyard, make sure to locate a spot that gets enough sunlight. Plant in full sun for best results. Cherry blossoms can tolerate part sun and part shade as well. Also ensure that the location is in an area that allows for good drainage. 

2. Buy a seedling or young cherry blossom plant from your local nursery. Buying from a local nursery allows you to get plants that can grow in your zone. Cherry blossoms grow well in zones 9 to 11. If these plantings were produced from your zone, that would make them more suitable for transplanting in your area. This doesn't mean that other cherry blossoms sold in other locations would not work for your area. You can find nurseries in zones where cherry blossoms flourish as your best resources. Do your research well when buying out of your area or online.

3. Dig a hole about a size and a half of the plant base using a spade or shovel. Loosen the roots gently then place inside the hole. Do not dig too deep so that the trunk will be exposed. Allow for about 3 inches of the soil base to rise above the soil. 

4. Add soil mix. Cherry blossoms can tolerate a variety of pH range, check with the nursery the best pH level for the plant you chose.

5. Water and let it drain well before putting additional water.

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