Growing Rainier Cherries

July 17, 2018

Can I plant and grow a Rainier cherry in tropical weather like in Puerto Rico? Thanks!



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July 17, 20180 found this helpful

Those cherries are grown in areas with a cooler climate, like Washington

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July 19, 20180 found this helpful

I believe that I would definitely have to say - no - they will not survive. I live in Florida and would dearly love to have a cherry tree but there is no way it would survive. I am in USDA zone 9 and you are even more tropical - USDA zone 11.

  • You can check out some of the sale sites on Google and see some minor differences in zones listed but believe me, if it would grow in zone 11, they would be advertising it.
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  • Here is one comment from a grower:
  • "In spite of the fact that sweet cherry varieties like Bing and Rainier bring premium prices at the supermarket, they are commercially grown only in a few places in the west and northwest. That should make anyone suspicious about trying to grow them in the east or midwest. If it were possible to grow them with reasonable success in warm, humid summers, somebody would be doing it commercially and making a lot of money.
  • Tricky would be an understatement."
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July 30, 20180 found this helpful

You could, but they probably won't thrive as they like cooler, less humid conditions.

The Acerola cherry is grown in Puerto Rico and other more tropical locations. Since I heard about them a few years ago as a super food...I have been wanting to try them, but sadly, no one in my neck of the woods sells them.


I have an article about them here. They sound amazing!

Hope you can find a tree variety you love and can grow in your area! Maybe your ag office (see link below) can point you in the direction of other cherry tree breeds that will thrive in your area:

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March 23, 2016

I live in Tennessee. Can I start Mt. Rainier cherries from the pits and expect them to grow well here?


March 24, 20160 found this helpful

Yes. As long as you live in the more mountainous part of Tennessee where winters actually get cold. Cherries require four distinct seasons.

As for starting them from pits, I'm not sure hybrid cherries can be started this way.


You can certainly try. However, it will cut years off your time frame to buy rainier cherry saplings instead.

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March 25, 20160 found this helpful

In another life, I lived at the base of Mt Rainier-Mt Rainier Cherry trees must be grafted to produce viable trees and fruit. A very easy online search for "Mt Rainier Cherry Grow" provided good replies. You can try a search yourself and this site for more information:

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September 2, 2009

If I buy a Rainier cherry tree, do I have to buy 2 of them?

Hardiness Zone: 3b

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September 2, 20090 found this helpful

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"

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September 2, 2009

We have a Rainier cherry tree, and we would like to get fruit, what steps must we take?

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April 30, 2009

I saw your advice on growing a cherry tree from a pit. Does this method remain accurate for the Rainier Cherry?

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