Cherry Tree

Cherry trees, wild cherry trees, and other varieties, let's put them all in the same basket. Sensitive to mild winters and chilly springs, don't be amazed if your harvests are irregular.
Common name : Cherry Tree
Scientific name : Prunus cerasus
Family : Rosaceae
Category : Fruit plants
Type of plant : Perennial
Easy peasy
Easy peasy
Edible
Edible
The cherry trees in our gardens are Prunus avium (cherrywood trees) and Prunus serasus (wild cherry trees), and don't have the same climate resistance. Ask your tree supplier which kind of tree is best adapted to your local climate. If you can, plant multiple cherry trees - they aren't necessarily autogamous - in the sun, in cool, well drained, neutral soil. Harvests can be compromised by frost during flowering. There's nothing you can do except wait for next year.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
Granulométrie plants.granulometry_4
Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 250 - 1000
pH 6 - 7

Identify my cherry tree

A small tree with deciduous foliage and elliptical, serrated leaves. Flowers white in March-April. Spherical red fruit that children willingly hang from their ears to make rings.

Plant my cherry tree

Preferably plant several cherry trees for the pollination, in ordinary soil (particularly not heavy or damp) in the sun. Planting bare roots is only done in winder where as you can plant trees with a root ball and in a container until spring. With bare roots, carry out a treatment (shorten the roots and soak them in a mixture of soil and compost). Plant in a hole that is about 20 cm bigger than the root ball, gradually put the crumbled earth back by regularly tamping down around the roots. Water after planting with at least 50 liters of water that you will pour into a basin formed around the trunk. A tilted stake planted in the hole will be useful against strong winds as long as you don't forget to remove it after 2 year and that you use a supple attachment.

Prune my cherry tree

Cherry trees hate pruning, so prune very little. The first years, simply remove the most vertical central branches so that the tree doesn't become too tall. Turn your pruners so as to have the counter blade near the part you want to remove. Then, only cut dead branches or branches that cross each other.

Water my cherry tree

In the first month and in case of drought, water abundantly but not too frequently, so that the roots will fetch water deeper. Water thoroughly, until the soil is wet and a small puddle remains around the tree.

Mulch my cherry tree

Thoroughly mulch the base of young cherry tries the first year with wood chips or bark. This will limit weed growth and the watering needs.

Check on my cherry tree

Birds love cherries, and unfortunately, there isn't a miraculous method. Nets are efficient but might trap the bids while various scarecrows — such as old CDs that turn and produce moving reflections — only trouble them once. One good idea is to water the birds: in fact, if they're eating your cherries, it's mostly because they are thirsty! Provide them with a watering place, with water coming up to the edges — a bucket is good, but you must keep it full to the brim... — or a floating wooden board... That works, unless the cat can also access the watering place of course!

Reap my cherry tree

Harvest when comes cherry time ;-) When the peduncle - the little tail that holds the cherry - comes off a pull on the branch, the cherry is ripe. Be cautious: cherry branches are known to break easily.

Unprop my cherry tree

In 2 years, your cherry tree should no longer need its support - remove it gently.

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