Cherry trees are original natives of Western Asia and Europe and are popularly grown both for their fruit and their flowers. They typically have a shorter life span than other flowering trees, simply because they are more prone to diseases and pests. By performing regular maintenance, the life of this plant can be prolonged significantly.

The plants need rich, well-drained soil. Mix compost into the soil before planting to ensure an active well-established root system, and place it in a location with plenty of space. Cherries are sensitive to drought, so regular, deep watering in summer is essential. Until a watering pattern has been established, it is helpful to probe the soil around it about three inches (8 cm) deep. Performing…

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