Growing your own cherries
Another glorious summer fruit that is awaited with real anticipation, cherries are one of the sweetest and juiciest of all summer fruits and a real luxury. The season is short and the fruit is easily bruised in transit which also makes it an expensive pleasure. With modern advances made in rootstocks it is now relatively easy to grow your own cherries, and absolutely nothing beats the taste of a sun ripened cherry picked straight from the cherry tree!
Your own cherry tree was once restricted to only the largest of gardens as they grew to around forty feet high; pruning was impossible and bird protection non-existent. Now, with a suitable rootstock it is possible to grow a cherry tree in a relatively small space. A fan trained cherry tree can be grown against a large fence or wall, and other varieties will even grow in a large container. The modern cultivars are also very high yielding. Fan and dwarf trees are much more convenient for protecting against frost and bird damage.
- Our Cherry trees are grown on a Colt rootstock, giving you a very productive cherry tree with a good fruit size, its compact growth is ideal fo growing in a small space, either free-standing or trained against a wall or fence.
- Cherries do best in deep free draining soil that has had extra organic matter dug in.
- Choose a self-fertile variety if space is limited, but if you can stretch to two trees, another pollinator nearby will enhance the yield. Leave at least 4.5m (15') between trees.
- Grow on a south facing wall for fan culture. This method of growing is a great space saver along with the added shelter and warmth of the wall, plus protecting the blossoms from frost, and the fruit and buds from birds is much easier.
- Cherries will not require any thinning of the set fruit.