06 Jul Cherry Blossom
Cherry Blossoms are some of the most beautiful flowers, coming in bright colors. The Cherry Blossom tree in full bloom, during the arrival of spring, is one of the most beautiful sights to behold.
Kingdom – Plantae
The Cherries can be divided into three groups – the European, the American, and the Oriental. In general, the Oriental types (Prunus serrulata) are less hardy. This genus – Prunus comprises over 400 species and numerous cultivars of trees and shrubs growing in temperate climates mostly in the Northern Hemisphere.
Growing Cherry Blossoms
Cherries are propagated by budding them on seedling stocks in the nursery and are sold for planting stock as one or two-year-old trees. Sweet and Sour Cherries are fairly easy to grow. Sour Cherries, which are smaller and more tolerant of cold and heat, are easier to grow than sweet Cherries.
Sour cherries are self-pollinating so you don’t have to plant two kinds. Sour Cherries also bloom later, which makes them less vulnerable to harm from late spring frosts.
Because of the fact that Cherry Blossom trees bloom early in spring and are susceptible to damage from late spring frosts, the site for growing Cherries should be slightly higher and sloped than the surrounding ground to prevent frosty air from settling in the low spots.
Cherry Blossom trees should be placed in a sheltered location with full sun, in soil that is deep, fertile and moist, but well drained.
Full sun exposure for Cherry Blossom trees is necessary to produce delicious Cherries and strong trees.
Cherry Blossom trees grown in shade will produce spindly branches and fewer cherries that are less sweet.
Sweet and sour Cherries are susceptible to most of the same problems.
Cherry Blossom Plant Care
Maintaining a clean surrounding is very important to keep pest and disease problems down for Cherry Blossom trees.
Bird problems on Cherry Blossom trees can be prevented by planting your trees near people or pets and by netting.
Diseased fruit, leaves, and prunings on Cherry Blossom trees should be removed immediately and either burned to kill insect larvae and disease spores or destroyed in a hot compost pile.
Some common problems seen in Cherry Blossom trees are Plum curculio, Brown rot, cherry fruit flies, cherry leaf spot and bacterial canker.