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#281062 27-Jan-2021 21:00
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Are there any good gardening forums around?

But ill state what I am wanting to ask here anyway in case anyone knows.

I live on the North Shore of Auckland.  I have been trying to grow various flowering cherry trees over the last 3 years with very limited success.

I know fruiting cherry trees require chill hours that Auckland doesn't get especially North Auckland.
However my understanding, and given that every garden centre has flowering cherry trees in abundance was that these would do ok.

However, the first year I plant them, they flower beautifully, then after that, its downhill.  The leaves seem only grow at the ends of the branches, many existing branches just die.
Flowering is sporadic and not spectacular at all.

I wonder if the reason they flower so well the first season is that have wintered in a nursery in the waikato or got chill hours.

Any thoughts?  I guess I am just hoping someone can confirm my suspicions that I am wasting my time due to climate reasons.


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  #2643273 27-Jan-2021 23:43
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I'm no expert, but look around your area and try to find a variation that appears to be doing well and source the same.  From past googling on the subject of tree health, it was always suggested that the issue may lay underground, specifically with the roots.

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  #2643312 28-Jan-2021 08:11
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I use Google to see what particular needs a plant has. Can't find much on the flowering cherry, but what I did find was:


1. They prefer alkaline soil, maybe add lime


2. Might be lack of water. Plants will reduce fruit/flowers if water is lacking, to conserve themselves. Carefully dig a hole near the tree, see if its damp or dry.


3. Prune in Winter. Get rid of the dead stuff, mismatching branches. If the tree has less branches, each branch gets more nutrients. Fruit trees are a classic example, and in your case, fruit and flowers are the same thing, same needs

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