Cherry trees can live up to 30 years, and there are more than 1,000 different varieties to choose from. They can be grown outdoors in warmer climates, but ornamental varieties have also become a popular indoor tree to grow in a conservatory, greenhouse, or even on a kitchen windowsill. Cherry trees need special care if they are going to thrive, but with regular nutrition and watering they can produce delicious fruit every year.
Placing your tree
Houseplants and indoor trees can enhance your home design, bringing the outside in. They also help purify the air, removing common household pollutants. It is important that your trees are placed somewhere where they can thrive in your home, and cherry trees like to be in an environment that is very bright and sunny, so the kitchen or conservatory is a good option. They should have a good source of natural light, with approximately six hours of sunshine each day.
Watering cherry trees
One of the most common reasons that cherry trees don’t survive is that they have been overwatered, so before you water your cherry tree, make sure that the soil is completely dry from the last watering. Cherry trees also don’t like having wet feet, so it is important that you plant your tree in a pot with plenty of drainage with a hold in the bottom. Cherry trees generally only need watering once a week in winter during their dormant period, and twice in the summer. Misting the leaves will also help to keep them moist.
The fertilization process
If you want to encourage your cherry tree to produce colored blossoms and fruit, it is important that the tree gets the right balance of nutrients. You should feed your tree with a formula that is rich in nitrogen. Cherry trees only need fertilizing during the months when they are actively growing, generally from April through until September. If your tree is well-fertilized, then it should produce the flowers that develop into fruit, but if your tree produces flowers, but no fruit, it is probably due to a lack of pollination. You can encourage pollination by using a paintbrush or cotton swab to move the pollen from one flower to another.
An ornamental cherry tree will make a beautiful addition to your decor and smell great. With the right watering and level of nutrients, your cherry tree will thrive and even produce fruit you can eat.