Choose a sunny location that has deep,
well-drained soil and good air circulation. A tree that seems healthy
during a dry year may die during a wet year because the soil is holding
too much water. Avoid low areas where cold air settles, and pick a more
elevated area to prevent blossoms from being killed by frost. Cherry
trees do not do well in areas surrounded by buildings or shade trees.
The most important factor for a healthy
cherry tree is good soil. The type of soil determines not only the
amount of nutrients and water the plant receives, but how efficiently
the tree can use those nutrients. This can determine whether your cherry
can successfully withstand the stresses of growing in an urban
environment or fight diseases.
Most Cherry trees prefer moist soil. Probe down into the soil
about 3 inches and check the moisture level. When it is no longer
moist at this level, it is time to water again. After doing this a few
times you should start to get an idea of how often your tree needs to be
watered. When watering, it is better to allow a slow trickle for a
couple of hours rather than soaking quickly. Be sure to water enough to
wet the bottom of the root zone. However, be careful not to overwater as
Cherry trees are susceptible to root rot.
trees have some specific guidelines for pruning. They can be pruned
moderately to let in light in and to thin out branches, this can improve
air circulation to help prevent disease. Cherries are usually
pruned in summer. Cherries fruit on 1-year-old shoots and lateral
spurs, so you can prune off new material as you see fit.
an important component of a flowering cherry tree care program. By
providing the necessary nutrients to your cherry tree through a
slow-release fertilizer you will help to ensure beautiful blossoms and
vigour. Be sure to choose a fertilizer that has been specifically
formulated for use on cherry trees.
Bing Cherry Tree
The Bing Cherry is one of the finest commercial sweet cherries
and it is the most famous sweet cherry variety. It produces a very
large, delicious cherry that ranges in color from a deep garnet to
almost black. The skin is smooth and glossy and the flesh firm and
sweet. Bing cherries are good for cooking as well as out-of-hand
eating. The flesh is very solid, reddish-purple in color, and is
flavorful and juicy. The Bing Cherry tree requires cross-pollination
to produce fruit.
Lapin Cherry Tree
The Lapin Cherry fruit is large and deep purple in color with
lighter red flesh. The Lapin Cherry, (la-PAHN), the French word for
"rabbit", is a big, beautiful, dark red cherry. These are some of
the largest, juiciest cherries that grow on trees. They are great
for snacking, and so big, one cherry is a mouthful! The skin is
bright in appearance and it is split resistant due to flexible skin.
The Lapin is an excellent pollinator and is a heavy bearer.
Montmorency Cherry Tree
The Montmorency cherry is the most popular sour cherry in America
and it is the classic pie cherry tree. Montmorency cherries have
proven over the years to be outstanding for cooking and pie-making.
The tree ripens the fruit in June and grows about 15 feet tall. The
Montmorency cherry tree is self fertile and produces medium sized,
dark red, cherries with good flavor and quality. Flesh is clear and
yellow in color.
Rainier Cherry Tree
The Rainier Cherry tree produces sweet, large, yellow fruit with
a red blush. The fruit is firm and the flesh is fine-textured and
clear to light yellow. Fans of the Rainier appreciate the
creamy-yellow flesh, which gives the blush of the skin a sunny
undertone. The sweetness is what keeps them coming back for more.
The Rainier has a distinct sweet flavor. It is a very productive
tree that resists cracking, spurs and doubles. The tree will
pollinate with the Bing Cherry. It will not self-pollinate.
Stella Cherry Tree
The Stella cherry is self-fruitful - no pollenizer needed. It has
a large, nearly black, richly flavored sweet cherry. Similar to its
parent, Lambert. Expect a later harvest with the Stella cherry. It
will pollinate with the Bing cherry tree, except in mild winter
climates. The flesh is also black in color.It is an excellent cherry
for fresh eating. It is also resistant to cracking. Tree bears at a
young age. Tree eventually reaches 15 to 16 feet tall. Watch for
birds, they love the Stella.
Sweetheart Cherry Tree
The Sweetheart Cherry tree is a new self-fruitful cherry tree. It
produces a fruit that remains crunchy when picked and eaten. The
tree resists cracking and ripens late. It is fast becoming a popular
cherry tree. Because the Sweetheart is self-pollinating, it can be
used in location where you would only want to plant one tree for
delightful cherry fruit. Sweetheart Cherries are the last cherry of
the season! Their unique taste is a spectacular finale for the
summer. Stretch out the cherry season with the Sweetheart cherry.
Van Cherry Tree
The Van cherry is very hardy. Resembles Bing cherries because the
fruit is similar to Bing, though usually smaller. Pollinizer is
required. It will pollinate (inter-fruitful) with all popular sweet
cherries. Enjoy magnificent cherry blossoms every spring. Van is one
of the best pollinators for any other sweet cherry tree. The Van
cherry tree is hardy, vigorous and a prolific bearer of high quality