A cherry tree is a great addition to your yard. Fresh cherries make great snacks and can be frozen for use throughout the year. This is a guide about growing cherry trees.
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Here are questions related to Growing Cherries (Cherry Trees).
When is a good time to trim a cherry tree?
I do mine just around when the leaves fall. They are tricky, and get rot easily, though. If you have a cooperative extension nearby, get in touch with them for more advice.
I need to know the gallons per hour watering needs for sweet cherry trees.
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By Betsy from Bangor, CA
Trees will need regular watering during their first year. It is important for root development that the tree receives plenty of water. After the first year, water as you would other fruit trees. Organic mulch around the base of tree will keep the soil from drying out and also help to control the growth of weeds. Good luck.
I purchased two and got fruit the second year. Now this year one tree has flowered, and is bearing fruit, the other seems to have stopped just after it started to bud. The tree is soft and flexible. It was watered and treated just like the other tree, but one gets a lot more sun, the spring season here in NJ is off to a slow start. What do you think?
Will cherry trees grow in either Parklands or Table View which are suburbs in the Western Cape, South Africa?
My trees are not bearing fruit; why?
Cherry trees need partner trees in order to cross pollenate to bear fruit. Ask someone at your local nursery about this.
Is the drying up and shriveling confined only to the fruits, or are some of the leaves and branches affected, too? Has your cherry tree ever successfully produced cherries? There are many possibilities here, so let's start at the beginning and play the process of elimination game.
If your tree has produced a successful crop in the past, you may be witnessing a phenomenon called Cherry Run Off. What happens is that every few years the tree produces more fruit than it can support so it drops the cherries prematurely in order to conserve energy. This type of drop is most likely to happen if temperatures are low (and the sun scarce) during the blossom stage, as well as during the early stages of fruit development. Climatic factors (late frosts, sudden changes in temperature or humidity) cause certain internal hormones to come into play, and before you know it, fruit production gets all out of whack. Another reason a tree might produce more fruit than it can sustain is prolific flowering and excess pollination. Again, the overproduction of fruit will cause the tree to release what it cannot sustain.
Fruit drop can also be a symptom that certain environmental factors are at work. Soil deficiencies, herbicide drift, improper nutrition, and irregular irrigation practices can all lead to fruit drop.
Fruit drop may also be pest related, although this is more likely to occur later in the season as fruits begin to near maturity.
Two things you can do to help prevent fruit drop:
1. Thin your fruit (or thin your blossoms). This will encourage your tree to put more energy into the fruit that remains.
2. Avoid unfavorable environmental conditions. Eliminate the use of herbicides and implement effective irrigation and fertilization programs (a soil test will alert you to any soil deficiencies).
If your trees aren't getting enough water the fruit will dry up. Are you getting any ripe fruit? There's a happening called "June Drop" no one's figured out why, but trees just do it and usually in June but also as early as May and as late as July. This is normal. Like the tree is getting rid of excess fruit on it's own. If you're not getting fruit, I'd get a hold of your state's department of agriculture and see what they say. It may be something in your soil... either missing or in excess.