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Cherry Tree Growing Guide

The combination of modern, self fertile Cherry tree varieties, Colt and Gisela 5 rootstock on which our cherries are grown means that garden cherry growing can be a very rewarding experience with regular heavy crops being very much the norm.

A free growing bush tree is the best growing style and because of the nature of the tree that we deliver, little needs to be done after planting. Growth will be quite rapid for the first couple of years but then the influence of the rootstock and the formation of fruit buds will slow the tree down giving a much more easily controlled plant compared with older kinds.

Pruning cherry trees can be limited to the removal of unwanted branches from time to time as necessary, especially those which cross or rub together. This should be carried out at blossom time.

As with plums, fruit bud formation in the young tree can be encouraged by the tying down of branches. Lower branches are tied down to an angle of 90 degrees to the trunk either to pegs in the ground or to the trunk itself, the reduction in sap flow and increase in stress causes the increase in fruit buds. Branches should be tied down in August of the first year and left in place until the following June.

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5 thoughts on “Cherry Tree Growing Guide”

  1. Katie Brunt says:

    Hi Diana, Cherry Regina is a bare root tree and best grown in open ground, if that’s not possible then a big pot at least 15L. It is in pollination group 5 so needs another tree in the same group or group 4 or 6 to pollinate, this tree can be up to 100m away. It is grafted onto a Colt rootstock which will produce a semi vigorous tree of up to 6m. (They are out of stock right now).
    We hope this helps!
    Best regards,
    The Suttons Team

  2. Is the Regina cherry for a pot or ground? How big does it grow what is group 5 please

  3. How far from the house and drainage system should I plant this? Wondering about the roots.

  4. June Massey says:

    I have just received delivery of my Hartland dwarf cherry tree. I am very excited as we moved house two years ago and I have always had a cherry tree in my garden, wherever we have lived! However, this is the first time that I have grown a dwarf cherry and I have never grown a cherry in a pot. What size pot is recommended to help it to flourish?

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