The Grow Report: Cherry Trees

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Water today, pick tomorrow

Ripe Van and/or Stella Cherries cherry trees

Fresh tree-ripened Stella Cherries poised for the picking.

Here’s an update on how my young orchard grows.

  • Stella: Sweet Cherry, 4 years old, first harvest 2008, 3 pounds, healthy, no insect or disease issues
  • Lapin: Sweet Cherry, 4 years old, first harvest 2007, 1  pound, moderate grower, no insect or disease issues
  • Early Burlat: Sweet Cherry, 4 years old, no harvest, moderate grower, no insect or disease issues
  • Rainer: Sweet Cherry, 4 years  old, first harvest 2008, 20 cherries, healthy, no insect or disease issues
  • Montmorency: Sour or Pie Cherry, 3 years old, first harvest 2008, very healthy (despite shaded area), likely five pounds of small cherries, should be ready to pick in a week two.

In general, the cherry trees are healthy in a full-sun location (except sour cherry trees shaded by large walnuts), in very loamy, sandy soil with excellent drainage, which requires supplemental watering. Foilage is rich green and new growth is about 11 inches so far this summer.

3 COMMENTS

  1. My grandparents had cherry and apple orchards in Door County in Wisconsin, and my Uncle is still talking about all that arsenic he must have absorbed in those pre-WWII days. You’d never know he’d done so, except for those sentences he never finishes and his gaze drifting to the window and…

    What’s your strategy, oh stalwart agronomist, for controlling the pesky varmints?

  2. Hi Tom,
    I was researching fruit tree grafting and stumbled upon your website. Wow! what an extensive orchard! So, I just have to ask, have you ever considered sharing some prunings for scion wood?

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