We have to be honest and say that growing and harvesting Cherries takes a special kind of horticultural hero. It is almost impossible to beat the birds to your delicious crop unless you enclose the tree in some kind of protective covering.
Cherries are hapiest in cool climate areas that have a dry spring and summer. As you can imagine the fruit splits very easily if pelted with heavy rain. Therefore choose your planting position well. It should be a hot and sunny spot, hopefully out of reach of harsh frost and strong wind. The tree itself is not frost tender however heavy frost can damage emerging blossom. Good drainage is essential. Cherries quite like the addition of a little lime if your soil tends to be on the acidic side.
The fruit should mature about 6 weeks after blossom. It is important to keep the tree well watered during this period. The fruit is best picked with the stalks on and consumed as soon as possible after picking - that';s probably not going to present you with a serious problem. The good news is that Cherries are full of "anthocyanins" which are a potent antioxidant. Certainly beats Broccoli in the "good for you" stakes in my opinion.
Cherries don';t need a lot of pruning. There is a definite school of thought that this is better done in summer so the pruning cuts heal quickly and prevent the spread of disease. Cherries can be a little susceptible to bacterial canker and good cultivation methods will certainly help to avoid this but you may have to treat with a spray of Coper Oxychloride every now and then. Let';s hope that with a good horticultural practice (and a little luck) that your life really will be a bowl of cherries!
Sweet Cherry. Their ruby red color and tangy taste won cherries a place on the tables of Roman conquerors, Greek citizens and Chinese noblemen. The most famous sweet cherry variety is the Bing cherry. Medium-large size. Dark red skin with red flesh. Deciduous.
Sweet Cherry. High quality First cherry of the season maturing late Nov— early Dec. Large heart shaped fruit with juicy soft sweet dark red flesh. Use fresh, jams, jellies, preserves or dessert. Deciduous.
One of the best known Sweet Cherries. Heavy and regular bearer of large dark red fruit. The tree is smaller than most other cherry varieties, perfect for those with more limited space. Self fertile. Suitable for warmer climates. Crops December/January. Deciduous.
Sweet Cherry. Dawson has dark black coloured skin and dark, sweet, red flesh. large sized fruit. Ripens around December. Plant your Cherry in a sunny spot with good drainage. Sutiable for warmer climates. Deciduous.
Double Graft Sweet Cherry. Dawson - Dark black coloured skin and dark, sweet, red flesh. Medium sized fruit. Ripens around December. Lappins - Large firm dark red fruit that are sweet and juicy. Good resistance to skin splitting and a reliable producer.
Sour Cherry. A naturally dwarf, fruiting Cherry tree that produces bright red, sharp tasting fruit in summer. The fruit are ideal for culinary purposes especially Cherry Pie! Plant in a sunny well drained spot for best results. Can be container grown. Self fertile. Deciduous.
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NB Your Griotella Cherry will take approximately 2 years to start cropping with maximum production beginning 5 years after planting.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Compact Mature Size 7-10 yrs (HxW): 2m x 1.5m
Sweet Cherry. This heritage variety of Cherry is one of the largest and juciest with firm dark red fruit that are sweet and delicious. Good resistance to skin splitting and a reliable producer. Fruits in warmer areas of New Zealand, ripening Mid-late season (January). Self fertile. Deciduous.
Sweet Cherry. This is a dark red kidney shaped cherry of medium size. It has excellent flavour, stores well and is considered a good cropper. Fruit should be ready to eat pre-Christmas with the right conditions. Deciduous.
Sour Cherry. A popular 'cooking' Cherry widely grown in the USA. Full of anti-oxidants and compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties the fruit is great for making Cherry Pie or Juice. Red skinned fruit with pale yellow flesh. Ready to pick towards the end of summer. Deciduous.