How To Grow Cherry Blossom Tree From Seed

Background Information

Cherry blossoms, or sakura in Japanese, are widely associated with the country. The symbolic flower of Japan, sakura blooms for a short period of time during the spring, offering a beautiful and delicate spectacle. Growing cherry blossom from seed is possible and can be a rewarding process. Depending on many factors, it can take between 3 to 5 years before the tree flowers, making it a long but interesting journey.

Tool and Supplies Needed

When it comes to growing a cherry blossom tree from seed, the procedure is not difficult, but some tools and supplies are required. Keep in mind that even though these trees don’t require heavy pruning, they do still need regular trimming, so having basic pruning supplies handy is recommended. The type of soil also needs to be mentioned as fertile and well-drained soil is best for these trees. As for tools, a trowel and a small shovel, or even a digging fork, will come in handy when you need to dig a hole for the seedling.

Planting the Seeds

Unlike other trees, cherry blossom must be planted as soon as you buy the seeds. The best time to do this is in the late summer or early fall. Moreover, not all seeds will sprout, so make sure you purchase a good quality product. Carefully pick a pot of appropriate size which should be around 12 inches in diameter and have adequate drainage. Fill the pot with high quality soil, making sure to leave 1-2 inch space to top. Water the soil and, using a trowel, plant the seeds half an inch below the surface. Place the pot in a warm and shaded area, and water every few days.

Transplanting the Seedling

After a few weeks, the seedling should be ready for transplanting. The best time to do this is sometime during spring. Make sure to carefully take the plant out of the pot and lightly brush off the surface of the soil. Dig a hole twice as wide, but the same depth of the original pot, making sure the exact location is sunny and sheltered from strong winds. Place the seedling in the hole and level the surface with the ground. Gently press the soil around the plant. The seedling should be watered regularly, especially in the first two weeks since transplanting.

Growth and Maintenance

From this point on, the cherry blossom tree will slowly start to grow, which can take up to 5 years before it starts flowering. To maximize the chances of success, prune the tree in early summer, when the tree is still young. To make sure the tree grows in full health, it is important to fertilize it with a high nitrogen fertilizer each spring, as well as mulch around the base of the tree each year.

Improving the Soil Quality

Poor soil quality is one of the main reasons why a cherry blossom tree won’t thrive or flower. To make sure the soil stays healthy and rich in nutrients, it is recommended to spread a thin layer of compost over the surface. Make sure it is at least 2-3 inches thick and well spread. This will help the soil hold more moisture, but it will also help the tree absorb more nutrients.

Protecting From Insects

Unfortunately, cherry blossom tree can be prey to certain insects. Around early summer, when the flowers have just opened, large beetles visit the tree to feed on the flower petals. To prevent this, it is best to cover the tree in netting or light fabric during this period. Alternatively, you can buy special insect repellents from your local garden center.

Demonstrating Patience and Perseverance

Growing a cherry blossom tree from seed is a lengthy process, which requires patience and perseverance from the grower. However, the reward is worth the effort as having a beautiful and delicate tree in the garden is an amazing sight to behold. While the growing process may seem long, it does seem to go by quickly, leaving you with the satisfaction of knowing that you have successfully planted and grown a flowering cherry blossom tree.


A cherry blossom tree needs to be watered regularly. In the summer, make sure to water it twice a week, but try to avoid overly wetting the soil, as this can lead to root rot. In the winter, water it once a week, but take caution not to allow the soil to become too dry.

Fertilizer and Pruning

Using the right fertilizer can greatly improve the chances of the tree thriving and flowering. Make sure to use a high nitrogen formulation, as this will help the tree grow and bloom properly. As for pruning, cherry blossom trees don’t require heavy pruning, but light trimming to keep the structure in check is recommended. This should be done in early summer.

Herbicide and Pesticide

When it comes to keeping pests away, herbicides and pesticides are not recommended. While these may provide a quick solution, they can also be harmful to the tree. A better option is to use natural remedies such as insect repellents, or simply handpick any pests that may show up.

Avoiding Overcrowding and Competition

One of the biggest issues when it comes to growing trees is overcrowding and competition. If there are other plants and trees nearby, it is important to ensure that they are not competing with your cherry blossom tree for resources. Make sure to provide the tree with enough space and ensure that there is enough light and water to go around.

Gordon Wesson is an environmentalist and author who lives in the Pacific Northwest. He has been writing for many years about topics related to trees, the environment, and sustainability. In particular, he is passionate about educating people on the importance of living in harmony with the environment and preserving natural spaces. He often speaks at conferences and events around the country to share his knowledge with others. His dedication to protecting our planet makes him one of the leading voices in his field today.

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