As I write this, I'm seated in front of a kitchen window that is clusterbombed with little tufted explosions of pink petals on a stark blue backdrop. It makes me want to scream it's so stupidly beautiful.
Cherry blossoms (Sakura) are ubiquitous in Japan and the Pacific Northwest at this time of year, signifying the bright sunny good times ahead. We love these cotton candy beacons of hope after enduring the long, wet grey. Here's some shiz about these gorgeous beauties if you'd like one of your very own or if you just want to know some stuff.
SOIL & WATER 💦
Cherries prefer deep, fertile and well-drained soil. Don't plant them at the beach or in a bog or they'll punish you with their own death. Keep trees well watered during the early stages of fruit development.
Acid or sour cherries are less sweet and are best dried or cooked but are easy to grow and won't take up your entire yard (10-12ft) . They tolerate some shade which is nice.
Sweet cherries grow quite large and ideally should be planted against sunny walls to minimize wind and maximize heat.
Plant cherries from November to March. Read more on planting trees from our friends at the Royal Horticultural Society. They're British and smart AF.
Fertilize from February to March with some nice yummy compost to encourage tasty fruits.
Some sweet cherries need pollination partners, others are self fertile, producing fruit on a single tree. Acid cherries are self-fertile. So check the varietal before you plant to make sure that you're not buying a he that needs a she or vice versa.
Most cherries fruit on last year's growth. Prune to strike a balance between fruiting branches and new growth so you'll have some fruit this year and the next.
Prune new babies in early spring when the buds just begin to form. Prune established trees from July to August. More about pruning trees from our British pals.
Varieties chosen by the RHS
Acid cherry ‘Nabella': Self fertile, for picking in late summer.
Acid cherry ‘Morello’ AGM: Self fertile, dark red, excellent for preserves and tarts. Attractive in blossom, heavy cropping; late season for harvesting in July and early August.
‘Sunburst’: Self fertile. Black fruits for picking in mid-summer.
‘Lapins’: Self fertile, black, glossy fruits for picking in late summer.
‘Stella’ AGM: Black, large, rich, high quality. Heavy, regular crops; self-fertile. Prone to splitting in wet weather. Late season - harvest in July.
Now it's afternoon and the petals are lazily sprinkling the lawn and I want to die.