Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees are often considered one of the most beautiful trees in the world. They are admired for their beautiful blooms, which come in three colors: white, pink, and red. Have you ever wanted to grow a Japanese cherry blossom tree from a seed? If so, this post is for you.
Start with fresh seed.
The first thing you need to do when preparing the seeds of a Japanese cherry blossom tree for planting is, to begin with, fresh seeds. You may be tempted to use old or stale seeds, but this will only end in disappointment and frustration. Freshness is an essential factor in germinating any plant; if the seed has been stored for more than a year, it’s probably not going to sprout at all.
There are many ways that you can go about ensuring that your seeds are fresh. First, don’t store them in any sort of refrigerator or freezer; these temperatures will kill them quickly and prevent them from ever coming into contact with soil again. Next, avoid storing them in cupboards as well, these areas are often too dry for germination purposes and could lead to molding issues rather than sprouting problems.
The best way to ensure that your Japanese cherry blossom tree starts off on the right foot is by keeping it cool while still allowing it access to moisture; if possible (and feasible), keep some folded up paper towels around in case things get too dry outside so that they’ll have somewhere else besides their container walls where they can absorb moisture from other sources nearby!
Soak seeds in water for 20 – 30 minutes and then remove the pulp by rubbing them gently between your fingers.
Since the seeds are so small and delicate, you will want to use a container with a lid. Make sure the container is large enough to hold your seeds and deep enough so that they will not float. You may also need to add some sand or soil to keep them from floating on top of the water.
To begin soaking your seed, fill a bowl or cup with warm water and place this inside of another bowl or cup with cold water in it (this helps ease germination). Add one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide into this mixture as well (to prevent mold growth), then let it sit for 20 – 30 minutes before removing pulp by rubbing them gently between your fingers using running water until all pulp has been removed from each seed.
Place the seeds in a plastic bag, moisten with water, seal and store in the refrigerator for 90 days.
- Place the seeds in a plastic bag.
- Moisten with water.
- Seal the bag, label it and store it in your refrigerator for 90 days. The seeds should stay moist at all times during this period. If they dry out, they will not germinate properly when planted later on; this is why you should check on them regularly during this time period and make sure that they are always moistened before putting them back into storage again. After 90 days have passed, remove any excess moisture (you can use paper towels or newspaper to absorb any excess moisture) and plant your new seeds immediately!
- Note: You can store your seeds for up to two years if you keep them refrigerated at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder—but remember that if you don’t use them within 90 days of planting them, chances are very good that they won’t sprout at all!
Fill seed trays or pots with damp sand.
Before sowing your seeds, prepare the soil by filling seed trays or pots with damp sand. The sand is used to keep the seeds moist but not too wet, and it also helps to keep them warm. If you don’t have any seed compost available, try using a mixture of equal parts sand and vermiculite as an alternate option.
Sow your seeds in rows about 2-3 cm apart on top of the prepared media, making sure that they are covered lightly with fine potting mix or vermiculite so that they do not dry out before germinating.
Plant the seeds about 10mm deep.
Plant the seeds about 10mm deep, depending on the type of seed and how hard or soft the soil is. If you’re planting a seedling, plant it about 20mm deep because it’s already a bit older and slightly larger than the seeds.
If you have clay soil or any other heavy clay-based soil, then you should make sure that your planting depth is at least 15cm (about 6 inches) away from the surface so that there isn’t too much water for your plant to drink up. You can use a trowel or spade to dig out this kind of earth if needed. If your soil is sandy/loamy then don’t worry about getting stuck in that type because there won’t be much resistance when digging into it during this process.
Place trays or pots on a sunny windowsill.
You can use a windowsill or a cold frame. A warm windowsill will bring your seedlings slowly into full sunlight over several months, protecting them from frost and giving them plenty of time to acclimate to direct sunlight.
If you have a cold frame, place the trays or pots in there for one week before moving them outside during the warmer months, then remove them when temperatures drop again.
Don’t let the soil dry out but don’t overwater it either.
Watering is a careful balancing act. During the first two or three years, you should avoid overwatering because this can cause root rot and kill your tree. You also shouldn’t let the soil dry out completely during this time, as this may cause your seedling to die as well. Water when it’s dry but don’t soak it excessively. If you’re concerned that your Japanese cherry blossom hasn’t been watered enough, feel free to check its soil with your finger; if it feels damp approximately an inch below the surface of the potting mix then it’s probably fine.
Germination will take several weeks, when you can see small shoots remove the tray or pot from the windowsill and place it on a cold frame or warm windowsill, presumably with glass protection of some kind. This is so that they can be gradually brought into full sunlight over several months during the spring/summer months (February to July).
When the seedlings are about 2 inches high, you should transplant them into larger pots. You can either sow the seeds directly into a pot when it’s time for transplantation, or you can place them in trays with soil and then transplant them once the seedlings have grown significantly.
As far as sunlight, it depends on what type of tree you want to grow: deciduous or evergreen? The evergreen varieties need more sun than deciduous ones do. If you’re planting your Japanese cherry blossom tree indoors (as opposed to outdoors), make sure that it gets plenty of light throughout its growing season so that blooms will appear during springtime.
Transplant to larger pots as they grow until they are strong enough to be moved into their permanent position, most likely outdoors in your yard. This can be done after they’ve bloomed when they are setting their fruit. However, in colder climates, this would not be possible and it’s suggested that you keep them in containers until they are two to three years old before planting them outside.
As the tree grows, transplant it to larger pots as necessary. When you’ve decided that your tree is big enough, move it outdoors or into an area with plenty of indirect sunlight that isn’t too hot or cold. This can be done after the cherry blossom has bloomed and is setting fruit.
However, in colder climates, this would not be possible and it’s suggested that you keep them in containers until they are two to three years old before planting them outside.
Step by step instructions for growing a cherry blossom tree at home
You’ll need a fresh seed of Japanese cherry blossom or sakura. You can purchase them online or at the local nursery. To begin germinating your sakura seeds, soak them in water for 20-30 minutes, and then remove their pulp by rubbing them gently between your fingers. Place the seeds in a plastic bag with moistened soil and seal it shut; then place this bag in another plastic bag that’s been moistened with water as well to complete double protection from moisture loss as you store it in the refrigerator for 90 days (4 months).
After four months have passed, take your now-rooting seedlings out of storage and transfer them into small pots filled with potting mix (or similar). Keep these pots outdoors where they’ll get indirect sunlight until they’re ready to be planted outside permanently; this will usually take about two more years.
Starting your own cherry blossom tree from a seed is a rewarding project that can be done fairly easily. It takes a lot of patience, but the results will be well worth it. If you’re interested in learning how to grow Japanese cherry trees from seeds, follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to enjoying beautiful flowers for years to come.
If you’re looking to plant a Japanese cherry blossom tree in your yard, you’ll want to start by purchasing some seeds from a nursery. Once you get them home, soak the seeds in water overnight and then place them on top of damp paper towels for about two weeks. After that has passed, plant them under approximately one inch of soil in a pot that is at least five inches deep. The pot should have drainage holes at the bottom so that excess water can drain out of it.
After planting your seeds, place the pot in a sunny spot with plenty of sunlight for about two weeks until you see new growth appear on the surface of the soil beneath your seedlings’ roots. If you’ve never grown Japanese cherry blossom trees before then this may be hard for you to do on your own so we recommend hiring someone who has experience with growing these kinds of plants before attempting this project on your own.