Flowering cherry


The flowering cherry tree needs regular irrigation if long periods of drought occur, especially during the summer season; on the contrary, in the event of frequent and abundant rainfall, watering must be reduced or even suspended. If this were not the case, in fact, water stagnation would occur which are very dangerous for the health of the plant and in particular for the roots, which would undergo rot. To best distribute water resources, in a balanced and controlled way, irrigation by sprinkling is suggested: this method allows water to be dispensed in the form of slender jets through drippers, which is why it is also called drip irrigation. It is important to always make sure that the soil dries out between waterings.

Growing tips

It is essential that the planting of this tree is carried out in a soft, light and well-drained soil, in order to avoid the danger of water stagnation; the plant, for the rest, easily adapts to numerous types of soil. The seedlings, to be bought in nurseries, should be inserted in holes about 60-70 centimeters wide, preferably together with a brace that can support their growth and that can be removed once the second year has passed: it is suggested to carry out the plant at the beginning of the spring season. An initial mulch can be convenient to properly prepare the soil, making it more fertile and preventing the development of weeds. It is essential that pruning is never excessive, and that we limit ourselves to removing dead branches.

How to fertilize

The flowering cherry tree must be fertilized twice a year, in spring and autumn. It is advisable to use organic substances such as manure or mature manure as fertilizers, which represent a very important source of nutrients for the plant; alternatively, it is possible to use a slow-release product that contains the three essential macro-elements, namely potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen, especially if the soil is deficient. In autumn it is preferable to reduce the amount of nitrogen administered, since this element, if overabundant, can weaken the tree for the upcoming winter. The lack of the three macroelements would cause serious damage to the plant: it would suffer a general deterioration, as well as an extremely slow growth.

Flowering cherry: Exposure, pests, diseases

For the exposure of this tree we recommend a bright environment or at most partial shade, in any case sheltered from excessively intense winds; the latter could cause considerable damage to the plant, ruining its leaves and flowers. Among the most common parasites we must remember the aphids, small insects that suck the sap and frequently represent a vehicle for various viruses, even deadly; to combat them there are both chemical remedies, such as pyrethrum-based insecticides, and natural ones, such as nettle macerate or garlic. Among the diseases, on the other hand, we must mention the gummy, caused by a fungus or by an inadequate cultivation: it manifests itself with a sort of brownish resin and requires, for the cure, specific treatments based on copper oxychloride.

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