If I buy a Rainier cherry tree, do I have to buy 2 of them?
Hardiness Zone: 3b
By bjuicy22 from WI
I don't know the answer to your question, but I do know that in my state (Washington) the growers plant Van Cherries near by to help in pollinating both the Raniers & the Bings.
If I were you, I'd contact your local "Master Gardeners"
You can simply Google "Master Gardeners WI questions"
Here's one for your state:
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Hardiness Zone: 1
Brian B from Portland, OR
A cherry pit only contains one seed and is classified as a drupe (also known as a "stone fruit"). Drupes are fleshy fruits that have a hard stony pit containing a seed. The soft, fleshy part of the fruit (under the skin) is derived from the middle layer of the ovary, and the pit is derived from the inner tissue layer of the ovary. Cracking open the pit will reveal a single seed formed from the ovule contained within the ovary of the flower. Because there is actually only one seed inside each pit, only one tree will germinate. Peaches, cherries, plums and coconuts (although, they are slightly modified versions), coffee, jujubes, mangoes, olives, and apricots are all examples of stone fruits or drupes.
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By Debbie from Rathdrum, ID
By BJ Bowman.
We have a Rainier cherry tree, and we would like to get fruit, what steps must we take?
By Richnkay from Paris, IL
Also, I read in a post below about an ant issue. We have the same issue. Our problem is the birds eat the cherries, but leave 1/2 eaten cherries still in the tree. The ants love these broken into cherries and are after the sweets. I have found dish soap and water mixture will kill the ants and not harm the tree at all. Works great with grape vines too. Give it a try.