Cherry blossoms herald the arrival of spring. Cherries in the supermarkets let us know that summer is right around the corner. If you would like to grow one of these seasonal barometers in your garden, it’s easy, whether you have a lot of space or just room for a few pots. Barbados cherry trees, according to agents with the University of Florida IFAS Extension, grow well in containers. White Gold and Black Gold are equally suited to container growing.
Soak the cherry tree’s root ball in a bucket of water for two hours.
Combine one part peat moss, one part sand and one part perlite and wet it until it is uniformly moist. Pour enough of the soil into the container so that the cherry tree will be planted at the same depth in which it was growing. You can ascertain this depth by looking for the soil line toward the bottom of the trunk.
Place the cherry tree’s root ball on the soil in the container and pour in a handful of soil. Work the soil around the roots and then finish filling the container with soil, to within 5 inches of the rim. Make sure the graft union (the area where the cherry tree was grafted onto the stock, indicated by a knot or bump) is at least 1 inch above the surface of the soil.
Pour enough water into the container so that the soil is saturated and the excess water drains from the bottom of the container.
Fertilize the cherry tree when you see new growth, in the spring. Use an 8-8-13 formula, at the rate suggested on the product’s label.
Water the cherry tree when the top 3 inches of soil is dry. Soak the soil until water drains from the bottom of the pot.
Prune the cherry tree carefully. The tree will fruit on 2-year-old branches, and if they are accidentally removed, the tree won’t bear this season. Remove dead branches and twigs, any branches that cross over others, and any diseased branches. Remove any new growth from the interior of the tree to allow for better air circulation. Prune the cherry tree in the summer when the weather is dry.