Sakura is an unpretentious plant, easily adapting to a wide range of soils. It grows well on drained loams, sod-podzolic, sandy loam and other light soils. But soils with high alkaline reaction should be avoided – on them the leaves quickly turn yellow because of chlorosis.
Rooted cherry bush is very tenacious, resistant to low temperatures, drought and does not require serious care. It is only important to follow simple agronomic rules during planting to allow the plant to take root and develop a root system.
Site selection and light exposure
Sakura poorly tolerates transplanting, so about finding a permanent place should be taken care of in advance. The plant develops even in conditions of partial shade, but grows very slowly if there is a lack of sunlight. In order to fully reveal its potential, it is better to choose well-lit areas in your garden. Grown in the open sun, the sakura will enjoy lush blooms and abundant yields.
What sakura trees don’t like is cold winds. The planting site should definitely be protected from draughts. It is best if it is at least one side covered by walls of buildings or a fence.
When to plant.
The best time for planting in the open ground is spring, after the soil thaws. Planting seedlings with a closed root system is also possible in autumn. But there is a great risk that the plant will not have time to take root before frosts come, especially if the winter is cold and snowy.
The planting process
Planting in the open ground takes place as follows:
- Dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball;
- The excavated soil is mixed with a bucket of humus. Add 0.5 kg of ash, 0.3 kg of superphosphate;
- The seedling is placed in the center of the hole. The root neck must necessarily be at the level of the soil;
- The roots are covered with the prepared soil mixture;
- Pour a bucket of water under the bush;
- The soil around the hole mulch. Sawdust, crushed bark, and pieces of peat will do.
Preliminarily on the selected site it is necessary to loosen the soil, remove weeds. If there is groundwater in the soil, it is desirable to lay a layer of claydite or crushed stone on the bottom of the hole for drainage.
The distance between the seedlings should be not less than 1.5 meters, then the growing bushes will not interfere with each other. But if it is a question of creating a hedge or a border, the distance is reduced to half a meter.
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Posted on: 25.03
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