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Cherry Tree 'babies'


By Lint

United Kingdom

Second question, straight after first question, in my front garden I have a gorgeous pink cherry blossom tree, and it seems to be sprouting some tiny 'baby' trees from its trunk. How do I save these if I want to try and grow new cherry blossom trees from them? And does the fact that it is sprouting these mean that the parent tree may die soon? It was planted in 1964 by previous owners and the bark does look like it is splitting now. But it looks so wonderful right now! Thanks.



depends on where on the trunk and if it was grafted. if the shoots are below the graft scar then they wont be the same as the blossom tree. The splitting may just be due to age but is it oozing any sap/resin from the splits? that can be more of a problem. without reading up cant remember what to do about it.

the shoots can be removed witha sharp knife and potted up and kept in a sheltered spot. they may root now or it might be better to do them later in the year.

19 Apr, 2009


The shoots are fortunately quite high up, and the leaves look the same, so I'm quite hopeful. Thanks for the reply. Do you think I should stand the shoots in water until they root, or put them directly into compost? Thanks.

20 Apr, 2009


personally i would put them straight into compost possibly with rooting hormone powder.

20 Apr, 2009

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