A cherry blossom tree symbolizes love and signifies the arrival of spring. This flowering tree bears pink and white blossoms in spring and summer. It thrives in cold climates, like in Japan and British Columbia. It’s also found in the snow-tipped Blue Mountains of Australia and the stately gardens of Washington D.C. in the United States. If you’d like to grow a cherry blossom tree in your backyard, then you’ll need the following materials and you just follow the steps described below.
What You Need:
A young cherry blossom tree
A good spot in your backyard
Watering can filled with water
Spade or shovel
Clippers for pruning dead leaves and branches
What To Do:
1. You can find a young sapling of a cherry blossom tree sold in a pot at your local nursery or garden centre. In the UK, they probably cost around 15 to 20 pounds each. Although the cherry blossom tree differs greatly from the one that bears fruits, some varieties of the sakura tree self-pollinates and produces seeds. If you want to plant a sakura tree from its seeds, then you can get a pack of eight online at three dollars each. Plant several saplings or seedlings around 10 to 20 feet apart because some varieties, like the Yoshino in Washington, spread their foliage as wide as 40 feet in diameter.
2. Find a good location in your backyard. Choose a spot where a lot of sunlight falls during the day, but doesn’t dry out the soil. The spot must have enough cover to shelter the sapling from the hot winds blowing during summer and protect it from the biting chill of winter.
3. Using a spade or shovel, dig a hole that’s about the same size as the plant’s base. Loosen the soil around the roots and elevate around three inches of the base above the ground.
4. Sprinkle a little water around the plant’s base. Keep the ground damp, but not very soggy.
5. Use a compound fertlizer, which is rich in nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium (NPK). Its texture feels granulated. The plant’s roots gradually absorbs the nutrients in the soil during autumn and winter in time for its blossoming period in spring.
6. Use clippers to prune the tree’s dead leaves and branches to prevent decay.
Transplanting a sapling that’s been cultured to survive your local weather and the soil’s pH quality is easier than bringing over a young cherry blossom tree from abroad. However, you’ll probably have to wait 5 to 10 years before your cherry blossom tree starts flowering.