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Question: Semi prunus cherry
Hi, I'm Mary and I bought some seeds to make a bonsai with cherry blossoms, or at least that's what I would like, hoping for good! my future map, calculating that for me it is the first time, I am trying to document myself as much as I can but I don't find many tips on cherry blossoms. I thank you from the heart for the time spent.
Best regards =)
Answer: Semi prunus cherry
the prunus are plants that in nature develop without problems even from seed; in Italy many varieties of prunus are used for street trees, and it often happens to see small saplings in the flower beds, at the feet of the larger ones, born precisely from the seeds contained in the fallen fruits; but if you have bought the seeds, consider that you will have to make sure that they have the same treatment that the seeds have in nature: that is, the ripe fruits fall from the tree in late spring or in summer; in the ground the pulp of the fruit rots slowly, or is eaten by animals (which sometimes also eat the seeds and then expel them, since they cannot digest the woody integument that covers them); the seed is found, in one way or another, on the ground, "naked", at the mercy of the elements, and spends the whole autumn and all winter in the ground, exposed to the cold, to the frost, to the sun, to the rains. Only the following year, between the end of winter and the beginning of spring, it begins to sprout, because if it did it before, the young seedling would undergo certain death. So, your seeds should be placed in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 months, or scarified (ie the outer skins should be removed or abraded) and then placed in the fridge for a few weeks, dusted with fungicide and placed in a good deal of wet sand, in a bag or in a box (in the vegetable drawer). Only then can you sow them, otherwise the chances of sprouting are certainly low. Once germinated, you will have to wait until they reach a size sufficient to be able to handle them, and then you will have to remove them from the seeding tray and transplant them individually into jars large enough to hold them for the following year. Only when the plants are about 10-20 cm high you can start working on them to get a bonsai; consider that for the first few months, the only thing you can do is to put the wire (nice to avoid the growing, the plant is choked and marked by the wire) in order to give some movement to the stem and the first twigs . Meanwhile, cultivate the seedlings in the best way, providing them with watering only when the soil is well dry, and fertilize with 15 days, using a product for flowering plants. These plants will be placed in full sun in cold and cool months, but in midsummer (and especially when they are tiny) they will have to be partially shady, or the sun will dry them up in a few hours.