Question: Semi prunus cherry
Hi, I'm Mary and I bought some seeds to create a bonsai with cherry blossoms, or at least that's what I would like, hoping well! I saw her videos for sowing, I would like some advice on how to behave in the best way not to mistreat my future seedling, calculating that it is the first time for me, I am trying to find out as much as I can but I do not find many tips on cherry blossoms. I thank you very much for the time dedicated.
Best regards =)
Answer: Semi prunus cherry
prunus are plants that develop in nature without problems even from seed; in Italy many varieties of prunus are used for road trees, and it often happens to see small saplings in the flower beds, at the foot of the larger ones, born precisely from the seeds contained in the fallen fruits; but if you have purchased the seeds, consider that you will have to make sure that they have the same treatment as the seeds in nature: that is, the ripe fruits fall from the tree in late spring or summer; in the ground the pulp of the fruit slowly rots, or is eaten by the animals (who sometimes even 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 it spends all the autumn and winter in the ground, exposed to cold, frost, sun, rains. Only the following year, between the end of winter and the beginning of spring, does it begin to sprout, because if it did before, the young seedling would face certain death. So, your seeds should be placed in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 months, or scarified (i.e. the external integument must be removed or abraded) and then put in the fridge for a few weeks, dusted with fungicide and placed in a good amount of wet sand, in a bag or box (in the vegetable drawer). Only then will you be able to sow them, otherwise the odds that they will sprout you are certainly low. Once germinated, you will have to wait for them to 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 small enough pots to be able to hold them for the following year. Only when the seedlings are about 10-20 cm high will you be able to start working them to obtain a bonsai; consider that for the first few months, the only thing you can do is to put the metal wire (nice wide, to prevent it from growing, the plant is strangled and marked by the wire) in order to give a certain movement to the stem and the first twigs . In the meantime, grow the seedlings in the best way, providing them with watering only when the soil is dry, and fertilizer for 15 days, using a product for flowering plants. These plants will be placed in full sun in the cold and cool months, but in the height of summer (and especially when they are tiny) they will have to be partially shaded, or the sun will dry them out in a few hours.