Instructions for How to Plant Flowering Cherry


There are many types of flowering cherry trees. These trees bloom vibrantly colored, showy blooms throughout the spring, which are followed by abundant amounts of cherry fruit. These deciduous trees are cold tender but require ample chilling hours to prepare their fruit for the following summer.

Step 1

Select a planting location for your flowering cherry tree. Choose a fertile, well-drained location that receives a full day's sunlight. Pick a location that is away from other trees and buildings to reduce cold air and drafts, as recommended by The National Garden Association.

Step 2

Prepare the planting location at least one year prior to planting. This will allow you ample time to make adjustments, if necessary. Dig up the planting area and loosen any compacted soils. Remove any weeds or vegetation from the area to prevent competition with your tree's growth.

Step 3

Test the soil's pH levels to ensure that it meets the requirements of your flowering cherry tree. Dig a hole in the center of the planting area and remove a soil sample that is approximately 8 feet below surface level. Purchase a soil kit and follow the directions carefully to ensure an accurate reading. Add sulphur to the area to lower the pH levels and add lime to increase the pH levels, as explained by The Garden Helper.

Step 4

Plant your flowering cherry tree in the early spring just before the onset of the growing season. Position multiple sweet cherry trees about 35 feet apart and sour cherry trees about 25 feet apart, as recommended by The National Gardening Association.

Step 5

Dig a hole in the planting location that is slightly wider than the spread of the root system. Ensure that the depth of the hole will place the graft union line about 3 inches above the surface, as explained by The University of California Cooperative Extension.

Step 6

Position your flowering cherry tree in the center of the hole and fill the hole halfway with soil. Irrigate the hole thoroughly to remove any potential air pockets and repeat the process to complete the planting. Make sure that no roots are showing from the surface and then press the soil firmly around your cherry tree to secure its position.

Things You'll Need

  • Lime (optional)
  • Shovel
  • Soil test kit
  • Sulfur (optional)
  • Water


  • National Gardening Association: Cherry
  • University of California Cooperative Extension: Fruit Trees: Planting and Care of Young Trees
  • The Garden Helper: How to Test and Adjust Your Soil pH
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