Growing Cherries

Although a most delicious fruit, the problems present with their culture in a small garden are many. There are two types of cherry—ie. Sweet cherry or sour cherry. Difficulty may be experienced after planting the sweet variety and these tend to be more suitable for orchard or commercial growing. To begin with, pollination is a big problem as they are not self-fertile and several trees would have to be planted to give any sort of result. Secondly, damage to the crop from birds is far more widespread with the sweet kinds.

If in fact a cherry tree is to be planted at all it would be wisest to choose a sour variety, the best by far being Morello. These grow to a smaller size than other trees “and have the advantage of being self-pollinating.

For domestic purposes the Morello cherry would be best bought as two year old bush trees or alternatively as four year old fan shaped trees for training against the north wall of the house.

Pruning

Cherry fruit is borne on the new wood grown during the previous season and for this reason during the first four or five years the new growth should be cut back by about a half immediately the leaves have fallen. After this period of time it will be found necessary to cut back-some of the older branches to encourage new growth to begin nearer to the centre of the tree. When harvesting the fruit is best cut with a pair of scissors and not pulled away from the tree by the stalk.

25. August 2013 by admin
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