As we all know, the cherry blossom is a tree that grows in a subtropical climate which is very incompatible with tropical climates. However, many people continue to work on growing cherry blossom trees in various ways, even though it is unlikely that they will grow and mature.
If you are one of those people who are persistent in trying to grow cherry blossom trees from seed in tropical climates, you can do what a cultivator does. This method is eas, but you need tremendous accuracy and patience for maximum results.
How to grow a cherry blossom from seed in tropical climates? Here’s how:
1. Buy cherry blossom seeds from an honest retailer. This seed is a determining factor in whether or not to grow later. Don’t be tempted by cheap beans, try to stay focused on quality even though the price and shipping costs are a little more expensive.
2. Once you have the seeds, it is necessary to soften the shells so that the seeds can germinate later. The softening process can be done in various ways, for example, immersing it in Hydrogen peroxide for about 10 minutes, or by scraping the shells with sandpaper little by little until the inside of the seeds is visible, but don’t hurt the inside.
3. The next step is to carry out a process called STRATIFICATION to create a temperature similar to the original habitat. To do this you need to prepare some simple tools such as tissue, zip-lock plastic, and spray.
a.) Spray the tissue with a spray until it is slightly wet, but not too wet.
b.) Put the cherry blossom seeds on top of the tissue and roll or fold.
c.) Put the tissue rolls in zip lock bags and place them in the refrigerator. The location for placing them is the vegetable box at the bottom and don’t put them in the freezer.
d.) Let stand for approximately 3-4 months according to the climate of their home habitat. Check the zip locks weekly, if the wipes dry out, spray them again with water. Also, check carefully whether the seeds are moldy or not. If they
get moldy, remove them and rinse the seeds with water until they are completely clean of mold and place them neatly again.
e.) After 3-4 months of seeds in the refrigerator, you can take them out and plant them like any other seed. Prepare a seedling pot and fill it with pest-free soil. Bury the seeds 2-3 cm deep and place the seedling pot in a cool, windy
place. Do not place them in places that are hot or too humid. Try to place in a shady, dry, and windy area.
f.) Wait for the cherry blossom seeds to germinate. Seeds usually take 2-3 weeks to grow, but certain types take more time and the longest is one year (each type/varietas/cultivar of cherry blossom has a different germination time,
4. If your seeds have germinated, protect them from direct sunlight, rain, and strong winds. Try to keep it in place until it becomes a tree seedling 30-50 cm high and after that, you can introduce it to the morning sun.
When it is over 6 months old and is a tree seed that is ready to be planted in the ground, it should be able to receive full sun all day long.
Cherry seeds or seedlings can be planted in temperate tropical climates with temperatures above 15 °C and below 30 °C. Above or below this temperature the seeds usually fail to germinate.
The stratification method is not necessary if the seeds you have are very fresh, for example just harvested from the tree. The germination rate will decrease if the seeds are stored. So, if you are not sure how long your seeds have been stored, a stratification process is highly recommended.
If you live in a place that is too cold or too hot, you can choose from one of 20 alternative cherry blossom trees that grow in tropical climates.
Just For Information:
Many people aren’t sure that the cherry blossom tree can grow in a tropical climate, but the truth is, it can. You can see this tree known as Sakura
in Indonesia, to be precise at the following tourist attractions:
Cibodas Sakura Park (West Java)
Location: Cibodas Park, Sindangjaya, Cipanas District, Cianjur Regency, West Java 43253
Lawu Hill Sakura Park (Central Java)
Location: Tlogodringo Gondosuli Village, Tawangmangu District, Karanganyar Regency, Central Java 57792
Bedugul Botanical Gardens (Bali)
Location: Botanical Garden Road, Candikuning, Baturiti District, Tabanan Regency, Bali 82191
It is known that several collections are owned by the botanical garden, is Formosan Cherry (Prunus campanulata), Himalayan Cherry (Prunus cerasoides), and Yoshino Cherry (Prunus × yedoensis).