Cherry blossom trees are one of the prettiest parts of nature. With their soft pink blossoms, it’s no wonder that these trees are moving away from being solely a Japanese staple to a worldwide pick. If you’re like us and can’t get enough of cherry blossom trees, check out our steps below for growing one in your very own backyard:
Supplies For Growing a Cherry Blossom Tree:
- Young cherry blossom plant
- Soil mix
Steps for Growing a Cherry Blossom Tree:
Step 1: Choose a spot to grow your cherry blossom tree.
Like with any plant, you need to settle on a location where the tree will get plenty of sunlight, as well as good drainage. Without this, the cherry blossom tree won’t survive.
Step 2: Buy a young cherry blossom plant.
Take a trip down to your local nursery, and pick up a young cherry blossom plant. Before you make any purchases though, check to see that they grow well in your environment. If they do, that will increase your chances of them developing to be strong and healthy. If not, that doesn’t mean they won’t successfully transplant into your area, but you may encounter more problems along the way.
Step 3: Dig a hole in the ground where you’ll place the cherry blossom plant.
Grab a shovel and begin digging a hole in your garden that’s about a size and a half of the plant base. Be careful, though, when you’re putting the roots into the hole. You want to make them somewhat loose, but don’t destroy the roots in the process. Also, the hole can’t be too deep, because then the trunk will be exposed. Instead, leave roughly three inches of the soil base to be laid above the soil.
Step 4: Spread soil mix over the area.
While cherry blossom trees can withstand a wide range of pH levels, you should find out which one suits them best. This will help them grow to reach their potential.
Step 5: Water the plant and apply the necessary fertilizer.
Add water to your cherry blossom plant, making sure to take breaks in between so that it has an opportunity to drain. Then, once a year, place compound fertilizer with minerals over the area. As the plant continues to grow, the nutrients are released into the root system, leaving you with a beautiful cherry blossom tree.
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