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Can anyone tell me how to look after a cherry tree, stella variety.
I planted one 2 years ago, it has flowered, and had spurs on it, but no fruit, as yet.
It is in an open position, in the sun,
in the backyard. How long does it take before it gets cherries on it? I would appreciate any advice. I am trying to grow as many fruit trees as possible, to be self sufficient. I am a widow, with just 1 teenage daughter at home. I have a limited budget.
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Anonymous says...
Hi Sandy,

I had a stella cherry tree before. It had lots of flowers every year and it took us 3 years to produce 1 fruit so it takes time. we got rid of it after that. what I would have done was to give it some potassium to make it set fruit easier. It is too late now.

If I was you I would give it a try and see how you go.

All the best.

Tran
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Jo says...
Hi Sandy,

This is not specifically a cherry tip I'm sorry.

Like with most things you just have to be patient, it will start to bear fruit when it's good and ready. Tran's right, if you make it's living conditions optimal then you'll have a better chance of it setting fruit sooner rather than later.

You're going to need to nurse it through the long hot summer though because that will stress any young tree and can ultimately have a an effect on how well it brears fruit if at all. Mulch your trees like a son of a gun and don't be bothered by people telling you that it's too much. I mean as long as you keep the mulch away from the trunk it's a bit like - "how long is a piece of string"? We've been buying up horse manure and using that as mulch on top of the straw we already had down. It's working a treat. Our plants really thanked us for it during the summer because it kept the evaporation right down. We also make a manure tea out of old sheep manure. The excess manure is scattered around the plants and when it rains they don't just get the water.

What other trees have you got growing?

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Sandy says...
Thanks JO,
I will try your useful advice. the other trees we have growing are a mixture.
There are 2 apple trees, one is a bllerina, the other, from Daley's nursery is a granny smith, my daughter loves those! Also have a couple of strawberry guavas, and a chocolate sapote, and a hawiian guava, and two coffee plants, also a peach palm.(from Daley's also) All are growing well, except for the coffee that's in a spot, near a fence. I also have a banana passionfruit vine, LOADED with fruit. I have been using cow manure, as well as mulch and osmocote granules. Any tips at all we are most grateful for.
Sandy.
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Sandy says...
thanks Tran,
I will try some pottasium on the cherry tree, might as well give it a go, ay?
I am just up the road from you, so I guess it's touch and go, how the trees survive this crazy melbourne weather. I hope you give it another try, and get another cherry tree, they have lovely blossoms, as well as useful fruit. I will keep my fingers crossed, and try eveything! Sandy.
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Sabrina says...
We have a cherry tree, two years old. Last year it had 18 cherries, this year 6. We have put wetting agent and horse manure and mulch around it. It did not produce much in the way of blossum. Is it because the tree is still very young. I don't know what variety it is. It has alot of leaf growth at the moment and looks quite healthy. We also had last year a bug of sorts that sucked the goodness from the leaves. Any suggestions?
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Sandy says...
hi Sabrina,
our cherry tree, has finally got a lot of green cherries growing now.
The first time!
I have been adding cow manure, and osmocote granules. keeping it weed free around the base also, I use a organic garden spray, made of 1 part garlic, 1 part chilli powder, and small amount of dishwash liquid, and the rest is water, all put in a plastic screw top spray bottle.
I used it on my lime tree, and it got rid of aphids and ants, so try it if you get anything attacking your cherry tree.
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clinton says...
Hi
I have a cherry tree in a root- controller bag this is it's 8 years old this season, it started producing fruit 5th year and doubled the next and so on. This year is looking great
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Sandy says...
this is a stella cherry like mine.
Typical fruit off it. Mine has greenisssssh/yellow fruit now, and has a fair amount, for a 3 feet high one.
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Jennifer says...
Our cherry tree didn't produce fruit until the 3rd year - about 20 cherries. I think you need a reasonable amount of frost to get fruit too, so some years will be better than others.
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John says...
Hay guys, you all forget, cherrys need chilling hours, eg the hours the temp is below 7 degrees. most back yard types I believe are around the 350+ mark with most around the 900+ mark. Ckeck with a local dealer and tell them your soil type. Sandy soils like mine eg beach sand you need pot ash for extra growth and the onset of flowers.
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Sabrina says...
Thank you for your info. I have been doing a little reseach around the Wandin Valley where most of Melbourne's cherries grow. I am told the Stella tree is self polinating and produces fruit without having another tree around. Other cherry trees need to have another tree around to help produce fruit. As I don't know what variety mine is, and they say it is hard to tell the type. I am buying another in winter and it will be a Stella. Now to just keep the possums away.

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anon says...
Stella is reputedly a pollinator for most cherries
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Sandy says...
Yes, Sabrina, They are self pollinating, that's why I just have one.
Mine has grown a foot already in 12 months. It's had a small crop of cherries already, and looks like more new growth. We did have some strange looking things on the leaves, similar to leeches, or a type of leech? They made the leaves get brown veins all over, and leaves curled up! They are gone now, but never seen those little creatures before.Does anyone know why they attached the tree? Where they came from?
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Benno says...
I saw the same thing on a friends cherry tree in Tasmania, it was literally covered with small leech-like creatures, and the tree was planted in a field next to a house, with apple trees and some grape vines..

The tree was producing thousands of cherries, and the little suckers didnt seem to be having any effect on the growth or fruit bearing..
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Anonymous says...
Pear and cherry slug. Look it up in google and put quote marks around full name.
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Julie says...
I can relate to the limited budget - years ago we were forced to live without my partner getting any social security (over a legal technicality),both of us out of work and me having 2 small children - our garden saved us from going hungry - all i can say is use everything at your disposal, every space, grey water,companion plant, self-seed, compost everything including old newspaper & cloth, ask your neighbour for any unwanted kitchen scrap etc vergeside collections are great!
Also remember look after your soil rather than focus on your plants and you will be amazed what you can grow!
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Juanda says...
I have one of those 3 in one cherry tree. Last year we got 2 fruit from the bing branch of the tree. The Reiner and Tartarian did not produce any. This year we saw a couple of blossoms on the bing, but never developed into the fruit we hoped for. Do I still need a different cherry tree to polinate my current 3 in one variety? Or will it pollinate it self since there are 3 different kind on one tree.

Thank you for all your help.
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aNON says...
They should pollinate, but the lack of oodles of flowers means this is unlikely.
The bees have to have something to work on to do their pollination properly.

A cherry tree should stop traffic when in flower.
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Shaun says...
If you don't get the proper chill hours, some variety of Cherries wont set buds .... so no flow & no fruits ....I believe Reiner is a high chill variety needing at least 900 - 1000 hours of chill to set flowers & fruit ....
I dont know much about Tatarian ....
and aNON is correct - with 3 varieties, they should cross pollinate each other if you manage to get them to flower.

Good luck !!
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Anonymous says...
if it flowers then make the set fruit. Chemicals are available to set fruit trees. Beware, by head to toe throw away for this stuff its dangerous. Where to get it from, ring pirsa.
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tyler says...
how can you grow fruit quicker?cause i got a cherry tree and i was wondering can it grow faster and sweeter?
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tlyer says...
are you only talking about cherry's?
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aNON says...
Who knows how it works in the USA.

You get snow.
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Randy says...
I have 5 cherries here. One was here 10 years ago, and the other 4 I planted 4-5 years ago. 5 different varieties. They told me that tree never made fruit, but now I wonder.

The most productive is like a bing/pie cherry, sweet enough to eat, and great for baking.

It makes plenty of fruit. I have watched it. By the time I get to it, the birds have eaten most of it.

This year, I put a net over it, and the fruit is forming (hundreds of fruit from many hundreds of flowers).

Does anyone know how long it takes from flower to fruit? The flowers dropped about a week ago, and they are now pregnant: swelling.



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Anonymous says...
2 months
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Sandy says...
Yes, that's right, about 2 months from flowers to fruit, as the cherries grow out from the branches, after flowering finishes, with mine. I have a greyloamy soil, with clay underneath, but I add natural compost, like humus from native trees, mixed in, plus pellet food, mixed in to the soil. I have new buds appearing now, and all the leaves have dropped off, for the winter, here in Melbourne.
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Geoff says...
I have just just bought my 1st Cherry tree "VAN" variety but don't know if i need another tree to pollinate or not...any advise would be great
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Anonymous says...
tis self pollinating dude.

woodbridge fruit trees have a good FAQ on pruning cherries to miniature sizes.
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Anonymous says...
Dude, chop each arm to 300mm max, even shorter if you can to an outwards bud.

The root system will not support a big tree like that.
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louri says...
Is it true that stella cherry trees only grow and bear fruit in the hills and manjimup ?
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Anonymous says...
yes, I grew them in Stoneville, and had to use cynaide to make them flower, out of 5 years only 1 was any good.
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louise says...
bing and van go together we have them the are 8 years old and get about 10kg off them each year no spraying chill stuff but we are in the hills of perth can get frost.
my friend just got a sunburst and stella and wants to know if you can grow them in big pots and cut them small any tips would be great thanks
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John says...
use the "spanish bush" method as outlined at the woodbridge fruit trees website. keeps them to 6 foot tall.
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Katya says...
Yesterday we planted our first cherry tree-Stella. It is 2 years old and it is about 1 m tall. Is that normal hight for a young cherry tree? Any idea if it will give fruit? Situated in Johannesburg.
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Diego says...
Hi all,
My partner recently gave birth to a new baby, and to celebrate this she insisted on planting a cherry tree on our yard..

I love the idea, but would like to know if it's too late in the year to do so, or if it's still okay..
I have peach, plum and nectarine trees in the back yard, all which are already flowering, so I'm assuming that it might be too late to get a cherry tree to flower with the winter soon to be over..
Unless I don't go for bare root and get one already potted.

In any case, is there still time to do this in Melbourne?

Also, what's the best place to buy one of these beautiful trees?
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John says...
Not too late, try flemings website for stockists.

www.flemings.com.au
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Sandy says...
Hi Diego,
Congrats on the baby! I have my cherry tree, growing well, in suburban south east of Melbourne, not in the hills. The local nursery, across the road from us, now have all fruit trees, in stock, so now is time to buy a cherry tree and plant it! I paid around 15 dollars for mine. It's had fruit once, so far, and at moment, is bare, but buds are starting to appear.
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George says...
Can I plant a Dwarf or regular Stella Cherry in San Francisco. I keep seeing them at the HomeDepot, Lowes & Orchards? Thanks
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Jo says...
Hi George!
I've had a look at San Francisco's climate, and I think that it will be too warm for the 'Stella', or indeed any stone fruit. Most need a certain amount of 'chill hours', which is a certain number of hours of cold (between freezing and 45 degrees F).
Have a look around your neighbourhood- the kinds of plants you see growing will give you an idea of what will do well.
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Jo says...
If deciduous fruit trees don't get enough hours of cold, they won't fruit properly.
These trees usually come from areas in the world that have cold, frosty winters.
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Damian says...
My Stella was planted 4 years ago, here in melb. The second season I had 5 cherries. The third season no cherries. The fourth season about 50 cherries whcih the damn birds ate weeks before they were even ripe. This season it seems again so far to have no flowers again (still waiting) so probably no fruit. Why is this one seeming to flower, every 2 years only or do they do that? This winter was as cold as last winter, with snow in nearby suburbs in August so it would have enough chilling hours. However we did have the extreme heatwave back in March this year maybe this effected the buds or something? However the tree appeared to have no heat damage signs just some of the cherry slug eaten leaves dropped off.
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Sabrina says...
We live in the south east of Melbourne, planted our Stella about 3 seasons ago. It has grown very tall,we have pruned it during the dormant season. We have not had many cherries as yet. Last year the possums enjoyed them just before we were about to pick them.About 50 cherries. A bit of bird netting needed to keep both predators away. We have lots of blossum, so heres hoping.
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lou says...
Haven't planted yet.Research tells me thEy require 800 hours below 4 degrees C IN WINTER TO SET FRUIT, and winter rainfall is best Harvest rain can split the fruit when the tree drinks too deeply so don't water them when fruit is pickable.They also hate wet roots so drained sites best ie not flat.If you NEED to get a chill going plant away from any shelter like overhanging branches of other trees.Hot dry days post harvest should not kill them as long as some soil moisture.
Cherry farmers are mocked as "net farmers" because that is their main workload ! In washington STATE rain shadow and Hillston NSW frosty winters and low rainfall at MOST TIMES OF THE YEAR combined with irrigation from distant sourced resevoirs give productive and predictable seasons.
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Damian says...
woo hoo alot of flowers have come out since my last question.
It is strange though as this year the flowers have come out after the
leaves,where as last year I remember the flowers came out before the leaves. It seems really wierd.
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Dan says...
Hey. My name is Dan. I once had a cherry tree orchard containing over 2000 cherry trees. Since then they got cut down becuase of the drought. Does anyone know how to make them come back to life? I miss my darling cherry trees.
Thankyou. Help urgently needed.
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Jantina says...
Well Dan,I have to admit I am bewildered by your question.If your trees were cut down because they had died,and if you loved your trees I cannot think why else you would cut them down,then no, they will not come back to life and you will have to plant again.If they were severely pruned back but still above the graft then perhaps, but only maybe, if you give them lots of water and then a good feed of organic fertilizer and more water they might shoot again.When did you cut them down ? how about you give us some more information? Jantina
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Anonymous says...
Its not cold enough in the NT
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Dan says...
Thankyou Jantina for your help. It is greatly appreciated.

Anonymous,I have a climate controlled shed. Chew that man hands!!
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Nancy says...
Have you tried a Grumichama (excuse the spelling). A cherry without being a cherry and can tolerate subtropics.
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Heather says...
We have had a cherry tree in the back garden and have had fruit every year, we just picked 4 bucket fulls last night before the birds ate them. We prune it right back in the winter and that has helped it produce more fruit this year than ever. Now all i need is too make some cherry pie, cherry jam,etc., :)
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Gwen says...
Will my Stella cherries ripen after picking. They are large and red but not quite eating quality yet (except for the birds)?
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Adele says...
Can I grow a Cherry Tree in a container
in an open garden area Melbourne East?
I love the heart shaped dark ones, don't know what type they are.
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Jon says...
I think that Stella are heart shaped and dark- http://www.thecherrypitranch.com/page2.html

What would be the best cherry tree for a fairly big pot? I don't want it at all taller than 2 metres and would rather it is upright rather than spreading. Are dwarf Stella a good idea? Are they good to look at and do they fit the above criteria?

I live in Melbourne.
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Leonie says...
We have just purchased a variety called early chant. Can anyone tell me if it is self pollinating or do i need another tree. If so which one? I do have a stella already in the garden
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Anonymous says...
my ag class there is a slop in front of are class room bilding we are wanting to put plants on it. do you think a cherry tree on it lee johnston, cody cosbey,allen morrison
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George says...
Thanks Jo. Why would HomeDepot & Lowes then sell them. AHhh....Probably just marketing..
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pete says...
Weather they are caterpillars, leeches or 1cm long any suckers how would i get rid of them, i have 2 trees a stella & reiner both 2yr old and the little suckers r sucking the leaves brown, bunnings want to sell chemicals but i don't bye, someone said pyrethrum but at au$180.00 a litre no thanks any suggestions

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Jantina says...
If they look like very small slugs then they are the pear and cherry slug. Throw lime dust or cornflour over them, it dries them out and they die.
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Nancy says...
Hi Dan, Have you tried painting the trees (once they are severely cut back with white paint during the cooler months?). It gives the trees a rest whilst protecting them from insects which might bore/eat them. My uncle/aunt had a citrus orchard and that is one thing they did. You might like to research the idea.
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Haider says...
I got my cherry tree for about 5 years planted in ground in an open area in the back yard with verity of deferent fruit trees. it is been flowring every year but falls all.3 years ago I had the only one fruit left in the tree till it bacame very black and nice big swweet.We celebrate it then,but since then no fruit stays in the tree at all.I feed it with animal organics and lots of blood and bones and when it is fruiting I feed it with NPK.With all of that I had no luck at all.Please help
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Richard says...
Depending on where you live might be the problem. I live next to Tacoma WA. and my trees bloom way before the honey bees are out,thus, NO FERTALIZATION.
Answer: "MASON BEES". They are the first bees out in the spring. They nest in paper straws [plastic also] and do not make honey. They collect just enough pollen to store in tubes to feed their larva [offspring]. Check your local nursery in the spring for info.
These little crestures made a world of difference for me...
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Jimmy says...
No mason bees in australia.
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Speedy says...
I think mason bees are a Megachile spp.
In Aust we have Leafcutter Bees and Resin Bees in that genus.
Although not the same species as Mason Bees in the USA , I find them very useful in my garden for solanaceae pollination.
Even more so, Blue banded bees(Amegilla spp.), enough for me to make nesting spots for them.
My cherries haven't been in a year yet so i can't say if they're any help for them yet.

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amanda says...
Hi Speedy - can u tell me more about nesting spots for blue banded bees please? I am pretty sure I get these when my red flowering gums in flower - but don't see them again after that (probly cos that's when the rainbow bee eaters arrive too??) Are these bees very rare?
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Speedy says...
I don't think they're really rare.
but they possibly have preferences for certain habitats and may be less common outside those areas.

To make nest blocks for them I cut the bottom off a used plastic milk bottle or use a 1or 2 litre milk carton.
Then put some soil into the bottle or carton, then pack it down hard with a stout, flat-ended stick.
The soil consistency should be just damp, but not wet.
Add soil in layers, say one or two cups at a time to ensure good compaction throughout the block.
Just the same as for doing rammed earth building.
When the block is filled to the top with hard packed soil, take a pencil and push it 3-15cm into the soil to make small tunnels.
Lay the block on its side facing east in an area protected from wind , cold, rain and midday sun.
The block should dry over time.
If milk cartons are used they can be stacked in a milk crate for a bigger 'colony'.
Though not really hive bees they tend to be gregarious, building nests in close proximity to one another.

Blue banded bees usually dig the holes out further and lay their eggs.

Leaf cutter bees seem to prefer exixting holes and cracks.
They caulk the holes with the little pieces of leaf, making neat compartments each with an egg and maybe food.(leaf=food?)
Often, white sapote leaf, Bouganvillea bracts, rose leaves etc are left with half circles cut out.
I'll then find pretty little green and pink nests accidentally when I move bricks or timber.

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amanda says...
Speedy - u r amazing..
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Speedy says...
Nature's amazing...
I just like to observe, learn stuff and interact with it all.
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amanda says...
I have to agree speedy - and there is nothing better than sharing the "awe" factor with children..!? But.. u do have an amazing memory for info u know!?

I couldn't get in to hear Elaine Ingham - overbooked :((( - but photo of Julie Firth in paper with her 2day. I am able to get hold of the CD's tho'...
Julie seems to be heading in same direction (soil biology) - pretty interesting stuff.
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older tree says...
i have a question, have a cherry tree in my backyard thats older than 35 years old, as a kid, always produced tart cherries, i pruned it 3 years ago, grew back great and flowers, no fruit. any idea's on how much longer before produces again?
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Marcy says...
Hi I'm hoping for some advise on my Stella Tree. It has been doing wonderful for about 6yrs now. This year the end of the branch the leaves have curled up and appear to have some brown/black "tiny nubs". My daughter has noted there were tiny worms inside. I personally have not seen any, I've googled but cannont find anything that explains what exactly it is and how to treat it... I'm in Brampton Ontario Canada region if this helps. I'm guessing this could be a regional issue...(sorry I don't have a picture)
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Jimmy says...
sounds like cherry aphid?
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kert says...
Yes, it is cherry aphid . If you prefer organic remedies ,take off affected leaves and smother with rotenone . You may need to buy your cherries from someone less pure in principle,however. Otherwise , spray with malathion as early as possible Commercial orchards will use an aphicide.
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older tree says...
hello everyone, this is a picture of the tree i spoke of before, i do not know what kind it is either.

i have a question, have a cherry tree in my backyard thats older than 35 years old, as a kid, always produced tart cherries, i pruned it 3 years ago, grew back great and flowers, no fruit. any idea's on how much longer before produces again?
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Ellen says...
Older tree

if you want fruit you need to give it fertilizer, especially the kind that have a great percentage of potash in it, and during the flowering/setting fruit stage you must give it plenty of water . My friend in the state used the type of fertilizer with 3 sets of numbers on it, but the middle set of number must be a bigger number than the other 2 sets of numbers .

hopes that help.
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Paul says...
Guys, Hi, love the info, I have just planted a tree which w secured from Young in NSW, now planted on a sloping site in the valley. It received loads of frosty mornings and has just burst into flowers. I am told I need special fertiliser, Any hints?
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Geoff says...
I have a orchard with 8500 trees.You have to furtilize just after flowering.
If you email www.agric.nsw.gov.au will give you advise. However dont water it
like you would a rose they do not like
wet feet and also hang a plastic owl on it to scare other birds away they will strip your fruit beleave me I know after my experiances.Good luck ho some
fly netting say wire screen fibre glass
over the tree as fruit turns red.
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geoff says...
I 4got it takes 3yrs and ya should see
some fruit.
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gl says...
DONT water it like u would saya rose
just a light sprikle every cuple of days
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Kelly says...
We rent & there is a cherry tree in our back yard. The first year we did not know what it was & did not eat any of the fruit (lots of them). A friend helped out in the garden and pruned the tree (spring. He took off some of the lower branches and that summer (09) we didn't get any cherries. Is there anything that I can do this spring to help the tree to produce this year?? Not sure what kind of cherry tree it is.
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Bill says...
Prunning is a big facture in cheery production, It has to be two year old wood to produce fruit. Young tree's can't make good fruit. If it was too cold for blossoms it will kill them, also if it's too cold for the bee's to come out, no pollination.A 16/16/16 fert, is good for cherry's. Regular garden fert. I also use a follage fert, 20/20/20 four to five times a year, starting as soon as blossoms fall from buds. This gave me much more growth in tree's, but also the size of the fruit was amazing.About every ten day's,to hard pit,that's when you can't cut the cherry pit with a knife, supposidly they can't take it in after this stage. Good luck! cherry's love to be cut on,about 25% a year.
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Kelly says...
Thanks Bill,
The tree is well over 2 years old (could be 6-8yr). We've had lots of flowers on it since I last wrote that so I am hoping that is a good sign. Thanks for the tip on the fertilizer. I had picked up some of those fert spikes for fruit trees. Are they alright or is it better to buy it in a granulated form?? As for the pruning, when is the best time of year for that....in the fall, after the fruit??
Thanks for all the info.
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ferro says...
lol...k
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ferro says...
lol....i love cherries
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Sandy says...
I love cherries too, ymyum, The first year I had my Stella cherry, it had plenty of cherries on it, since I had to put it in a pot, (a male friend kindly dug it up and transferred it for me) it has not fruited at all, over 12 months.
Is it due to being in a container?
I fertilise it with a osmocote type, and water it weekly.It has grown to about 6 feet high.
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8th August 2010 4:57pm
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louise says...
You have to prune in summer and cover wound with something like steri prune its also advisable to serialize after each cut with mentholated spirits, the reason you do this in summer is so the tree is less likely to get fungus/virus etc :) I have a Stella and a sunburst in pots they are 4 years old and have lots of flowers this year fingers crossed, I am training them in the Spanish bush pruning method to keep them smaller, because I rent and have to have all of my 30 fruit trees in pots. happy gardening :)
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Sandy says...
Thanks Louise,I will do that soon as I can!. The fruit taste really delicious, and so handy for lots of things.
Hope yours do well too.
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uteopia says...
I'm have trouble with my cherry trees, how can I look after them?

I planted 2 Stella trees a 3-4 years ago in the back yard and they have hardly grown in size. They are only marginally bigger than when they were bare rooters. The first year they produced 20+ fruit each and the production has dropped. Last year was a disaster, one had flowers but no fruit (I think it was in a bad position since another tree nearby now overshadowed it) and the other only 5 cherries (which were promptly eaten by birds). I think it has been the weather that has affected them as it had been erratic, plus also there was not enough cold days and the clay soil is no good. Do I need fertiliser to help them become big and strong since they haven't grown much and still look like twigs?

The main branch on the tree that didn't produce fruit died and I chopped it off and one of the other branched was also dying. I dug it out of the ground and bagged it in potting mix and will replant it later, maybe in a few years time.

They both have shoots out of the main stem and I don't know whether I should prune them off?

This year the days have been cooler and a bit more rain so I'm hoping that some activity will happen.
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Jason says...
Mine get aphids on them sometimes, when young that can really mess them up, but if I manage to keep them under control I get 2 or 3 feet growth a year from a cherry tree all the way from the first year, they don't like being in very wet areas in Winter or dry areas in Summer. having fruit the first year and maybe not being pruned? might have stunted them a bit but they should be able to recover with some fertilizer (little bit to start with).

For the first 3 or 4 years I pull the fruit off since it's not worth the stress on the tree for 20 or 50 cherrys or whatever. You get to the buckets of cherrys stage quicker if you can resist wanting them early on :). If they are shooting from down low but above the graft just leave them do what they want to do, the top will die back if it's damaged anyway and the new shoots down low will be good strong branches.

Also you will never ever get a cherry at all unless you have some bird net or live in somewhere where birds are almost extinct, like say Shepparton! :) the lack of bird sounds there always freaks me out, it's like you have left Australia for one of the lesser birded countries of the world :)
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Sam says...
Hi Guys, my dad has a cherry tree farm back in overseas. i wanted plant my own cherry tree too, however didnt work for me after 3 times i ve tried. My dad was over for an holiday and i ve asked him to plant me a cherry tree. And he did. Its only been 3 years now. i ve started gt cherrys on the second year. On the 3rd year i ve pciked up 4 buckets of cherrys. the secret thing that my dad did was, when he digged the hole he poured 5 kg ice in to the hole and placed the tree straight on it, Covered it up with garden mix soil and white sydney sand. and advised me to put 4 hand full of cow minure every 3 months. for the insect advised me to mix white vinegar with garlic powder ( cup full) mix it with 2 litre water and pour it over the tree every 2 week during spring. It worked ok for me. i hope this will work for you aswell.
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allybanana says...
Cherries in sydney that is remarkable Sam, are you in the mountains, inland or near the ocean also what type of cherry do you have? Maby the trick with the ice is working because i would have though sydney was not cold enough for cherries.
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Hi Allybanana, I do live neer Blue Mountains. But i think you are right, because when ive asked my dad why he was doing the ice thing he said because of the weather conditions. He said "this will make the roots catch a cold and they wil never recover from it ;)" i thought he was jocking around with me, but now i understand what he ment. I m not sure what type it is. Im not that much into gardenning. All i do is give water and eat the fruits. Every 6 months i ve got this old guy coming and doing my garden.:))
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Jason says...
Cherries in Sydney proper wouldn't happen unless you had one of the new low chill ones the California's have now but I don't think there's any varieties quite that low chill in Australia. Still if it's not too far up the mountain that's a good effort
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kert says...
That's amazing, Sam ! Unbelievable ,in fact.
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Eclipz says...
I just want to add my thanks to Speedy for the great info on making nest blocks for Blue Banded Bees. They visit my veggie patch each summer and buzz-pollinate my tomatoes for a bumper crop. Having some nesting right here would be sensational. They're amazing creatures. Check out www.bluebandedbees.com for last summers photos :)
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Brad says...
Making bee nests pdf: http://www.aussiebee.com.au/aussiebeeonline008.pdf
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Frances says...
We had a Cherry tree which gave heaps of fruit it was about 25 years old but with the drought we had it died.The tree was chopped down and the root has been ground down. How near the old tree can I plant another cherry tree?
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Sabrina says...
I am just getting in before this happens to my cherry tree this year. Last year and previous years it has had a grub on the leaves which make the leaves brown and dried out. Is there any thing I can spray before this happens. I don't think it damages the tree or fruit (have not had much fruit) but looking promising this year.
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Jason says...
Cherry slug? did it look like a slimey little thing with a giant mouth full of choppers like something from the worst horror movie ever?. If so Lady Birds fix them up, you do have to be patient and wait for the slugs to have done a fair bit of eating before the lady birds have breed up enough to eat them all but sooner or later they get them under control.

If you keep looking at the tree, you'll see a little monster just as nasty looking as the slug start to eat the slugs, that's the baby ladybirds before they grow up and get pretty :p

The trees do just fine with the slugs on them in the meantime the only real problem is that slugs get a bit stinky
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uteopia says...
I had those slimy little slugs eating on the leaf, usually around jan or later. because of the drought there wasnt many leave to eat, but i spray them.

This year the tree gave off a lot of blossoms despite the cooler and wet conditions. the petals are starting to drop and i can see fruit starting to form. with plenty of water about they wont struggle like the past. i am going to put up a bird net.

my other cherry tree that i dug up and put in a pot just got leaves, might be due to the shock of digging it up, but it didnt blossom for the past 2 years). i saw off a dead branch and it has been oozing a bit sap for a few months. anyone know how to stop it?

the season has been really good, even a few seeds that i put under the tree years ago has started to spout so i put them in a pot. Any tips on how to care for them and grow a tree?
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kathyleefrep says...
Hi there,

I am trying to pick a fruit tree to plant in the corner of my garden when i get it landscaped next year - and i really wanted to plant a cherry tree.

I live in Fremantle - just south of Perth and near to the sea.. We get cool winds all through summer, and had quite a cold winter this year - so many people have been successfull - do you think it can grow successfully here?

Other options: fig, lemon... ? Any suggestions? I'd really like something that flowers! I have lots of big green trees, but i'm planting this near the house to add some colour and prettiness!


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kathyleefrep says...
Hi there,

I am trying to pick a fruit tree to plant in the corner of my garden when i get it landscaped next year - and i really wanted to plant a cherry tree.

I live in Fremantle - just south of Perth and near to the sea.. We get cool winds all through summer, and had quite a cold winter this year - so many people have been successfull - do you think it can grow successfully here?

Other options: fig, lemon... ? Any suggestions? I'd really like something that flowers! I have lots of big green trees, but i'm planting this near the house to add some colour and prettiness!


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Jim says...
Hi Kathy

As a couple of posters have shown it is not impossible to get some cherries fruiting in Perth but being near the coast and only looking for one tree you are definitely not making it easy. The doctor you talk of wouldn't effect fruiting potential as the cold weather is needed during winter. There are so many other great fruits to grow. If you wanted the flowers like a cherry than any other stonefruit would provide a decent show, otherwise you could look at something more tropical like a mango or avocado.
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Can anyone help me to identify this cherry? I inherited the tree 9 yrs ago and estimate that it is about 15 yrs old but could be wrong. About 20ft tall and wide spreading. It has an open white blossom in Spring and its fruit is bright red in November, sour in taste until it fully ripens about early December. The tree is always laden with fruit - I give it no attention at all, although it is close to a compost heap which may help. It is in a sheltered and slightly shaded area but does get full westerly sun. The birds leave them alone because they are sour. Is this a sour cherry? It is self pollinating but not dark enough in colour to be a Stella. I was told it was a Lapin but not sure. If left on tree until ripens fully it becomes sweet and darker. Help me please as I would love to know. Also any hints about managing the size of the tree - I was told by an ex Cherry Tree Orchard Grower that you don't prune cherry trees? If you do it is done straight after fruiting in the summer. I did this 2 yrs ago and last year had a smaller crop but sweeter and the birds did get those so perhaps this is the answer to my question??
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Nick says...
Hi Valorie,
I don't know if this helps, but in one of my fruit books its says that acid (sour) cherries bear fruit in singles or pairs along the length one-year-old while sweet cherry varieties fruit in clusters at the base of one-year-old stems and older wood. With pruning, you prune sour cherries in September to promote new, fruiting growth and for sweet cherries only a small prune after harvest to remove dead, damaged and diseased wood is necessary although and good thin is helpful. The ex Cherry Grower was right, if you prune in winter, the tree is prone to catching a fungal disease called silver leaf disease.
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Mikey Mike says...
My 5 year old cherry tree seems very slow growing as compared to my nectarine,peach and plum trees. Are cherry trees a slow growing tree?
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Nick says...
I have found that cherries are pretty vigorous. It might depend on the conditions/ variety though.
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stephanie says...
take a cutting of it,
and take it to a gardening shop,
the local horticulturist should be able to help
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kert says...
Stephanie,what a sweet ,trusting person you must be! If you taking a cutting to the gardening shop you will be served by sales staff not a horticulturalist. Sales staff ,as the name suggests,sell; they will not know a lot but, in all likelyhood, will recommend one of their products(a line that is not moving much).
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
I had a very prolific sour cherry tree in Victoria which bore fruit in the week leading up to Christmas. Pillar box red fruit with yellow, juicy flesh, bore heavily every year. I think it was either Montmorency or Kentish. Great when either stewed or used as a glaze on duck or turkey... the tree kind of pruned itself, a whole branch would die off as a new one developed so it kind of moved across the garden. Self fertile as well which is a bonus.
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Sabrina says...
My cherry tree is 5 years old. This year is the first year it has had a decent crop. I am so excited, my son and I picked the first lot of cherries about 800gms. We have yet to pick the rest of them. I think we will get about 3kgs this year. I fertilized every 2-3 weeks prior to leaf growth, and pruned prior to winter. My tree if I had let it go would be 12 feet tall by now. We put bird netting over it when the fruit was still green and prior to the onset of all the rain we have had. I think the netting helped to protect the fruit from the rain as the leaves were covering the fruit, so no rain damage.The tree has continued to grow about 8 inches of growth through the netting. The cherries ar wonderful in flavour and lovely shiny fruit.
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Valorie says...
Dear Nick, thanks for the reply - yours is the most helpful I think. After further consultation with friends, etc. I am fairly sure that it is a sweet cherry but pillar box red, not dark black cherries. Because of the lack of sun this spring/summer and all the rain it did not ripen fully. It was just at its right sweetness ready to pick when we had that huge deluge of rain and it got brown rot in the closely bunched cherries. They definitely grow in bunches, not singly. I think Phil at Tyalgum has identified it. I am now sure it is Montmorency. Thanks for all the info. I'm getting it lightly pruned in the New Year. Happy Christmas
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Valorie says...
Thankyou for all that info Phil. Mine sounds just like you describe. It stews beautifully and also makes good jam (if one can be bothered with all that pipping!). Because of the lack of sunshine this year I think it was late in reaching maturity and when it did the rain ruined the lot - brown rot set in - botheration!! I'm hoping for better things next year. Happy Christmas
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Valorie says...
Kathy, I don't think you can go past a cherry tree in the back garden. If I were planting again I would plant a Stella which is self fertilizing and sweeter than my Montmorency.
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Valorie says...
Sandy, a friend of mine also had that problem with the leaves and she said it was a cherry slug!! Her remedy was to stand underneath it with a bag of flour and just chuck it up into the tree as the flour must hit the underside of the leaves. Suggest you wear a raincoat and hat!! the slugs just fall off then as they don't like the flour. If you want to smell nicer try talcum powder!
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
I always used wood ash from the fire after it had cooled down. They shrivel up instantaneously.
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Annie says...
Does anyone know if cherry tree suckers are suitable for planting to produce fruit?

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Katherine says...
Where can I buy wholesale cherry trees in Victoria?
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allybanana says...
There are a couple of options I have heard about. Fleming’s are the largest propagator of fruit trees in Australia. I have a mate who has their trees on his orchard, the trees are good quality. Unfortunately, it puts him a bit on edge having Flemmings trees as some of their stock is patented You cannot propagate patented trees and they request a GPS location for each tree. For some varieties I have hear you have to sighn an agreement to only sell them through the companies chosen wholesaler, they back it up with a tough legal team. The main reason I can see for going with Flemmings http://www.flemings.com.au/about.asp is if you need particular trees no one else grows. For instance low chill cherries or z interstem which allows the cherries to be grown on plum rootstock.

Another option is Goodmans a very old family business in east Gippsland http://www.anfic.com.au/cjgoodman.htm
You buy the tree and its yours to do as you wish, graft, sell the fruit where ever you want, good quality trees and they have a reputation for being pleasant to deal with.



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shanks says...
I own a fresh produce retail busineess and have a big customer demand for frseh cherries.Can you please assist me by putting me in contact with a supplier.
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Charles cant spell says...
ITs and odd request for this forum can you at least give us some idea what state you are in ?
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kari says...
do you only have the one tree? most cherries need cross pollination so you may not get fruit after the flowers. mine have fruited the first year and were prolific the second year.
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Matt says...
Hello everyone I have a few questions. I live in SE New Mexico and was wondering how I should go about watering two fairly new cherry trees (bing) (black tart). I was also wondering about something organic or safe to keep the bugs away I haven't been able to catch what has been eating at the leafs but they have a few holes and nips here and there. Any special tips about keeping them healthy in the New Mexico weather? The summers can get anywhere from 90 to 100F and as low as 30's most of the winter. Don't get much rain during the spring and early summer months. Any tips are appreciated thanks!
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Nick says...
You should be fine Matt! They arent the best in hot climates but if you give them a bit of shade and plenty of water in the growing season theyll go good. As for those bugs, do they skeletonise the leaves?
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Matt says...
Hey thanks for the reply not sure that its that bug. The leaves haven't been getting like the picture you posted just holes and they are just working their way down the leaf. I'm very new to planting and been watching and still haven't been able to catch or see whats eating them. I'll try to take some pictures of bugs around them when I see any and maybe someone could help me identify them. Thanks again Nick I appreciate the help.
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Debby says...
Hi! I have a small cherry tree that was given to me and I don't know what veriety it is. It has a few cherries on it but I have found some green cherries (with stem)on the ground under the tree. Could you tell me what causes the dropping of unrippened cherries?
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Darren says...
need to know how small i can make my 30 foot cherry tree without damaging it
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BUSTERiver says...
I've cut my cherry tree way back (more than 50%) and it comes back just fine. Just make sure you trim it back after the leaves have fallen off and winter is approaching. NOT in springtime when buds are ready to pop.New shoots will form in the spring and in the fall you can trim off any branches you do not like. Train it the way you want it to grow.
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BUSTERiver says...
If it is too cold, for honey bees, (when it blossoms).Check into Mason bees.They are the first bees out in Wash. State. I wouldn't have any cherries if not for mason Bees. (well I would have a lot less)
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Sabrina says...
Last summer, here in Melbourne we had a very humid climate. I started putting fertilizer on my cherry tree before the leaves came in to bud, at least once every 3 weeks. I then covered my tree with bird netting just as the leaves came out.I managed to get about 3 kgs of fruit.The tree is about 5 years old. The tree grew amazingly through summer about a foot, this was all popping through the netting. I did this because I was not going to lose my cherries to the possums or birds as I did last year. The taste of the cherries were wonderful very sweet and quite large and very glossy skins.
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youngtreehugger says...
I want to grow as many fruit bearring plants as possible. I am recently grownig a cherry tree, though not knowing what type, and it's about 2 months old, 3 inches tall. I got so exited I wanted to grow more. Would you know where i could get some seeds or already grown plants?
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deaboy says...
I grew a cherry tree formulated by the University of Saskatchewan for our climate. I got a seedling from a friend that had a tree already 25 ft tall. I planted mine and lived two years in that yard until selling. Recently I visited the yard to see how things progressed. I was totally impressed as the tree was probably two feet tall when I left three years ago and now it was probably ten feet tall and had blossums all over it. Very beaurtiful. I contacted my friend and said I would really like some more seedlings which she accomadatingly started and also one sapling. I am now researcing how to make the sapling progress as it doesn't seem to be doing as well in the portable pot. Hope to find more information on this site. It is truly edifying to see the creation grow under Gods hand. I have the prospect of having 4 cherry trees. They are a rather large fruit. about 3/4 size of the bing cherry. Thanks for your website
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deaboy says...
I can relate to your situation. We were set for retirement and our investments fell into the toilet. Now we are surving but trying to have a natural quality of life. I am growing Black Currant, Raspberries, Garden variety green peppers and strawberries, we have locally what are called Saskatoons they are, I just enjoy trying to live off the land instead of the grocery store. Hope you manage in todays environment. I continue myself to look forward to the Bible promise that the time will come here on earth when no one will grow hungry and that the tops of the mountains will provide and abundance. Shows how much we were meant tolive on this beautiful earth and how much joy we get from doing so.
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Sabrina says...
For those people who live in Melbourne Australia, Bunnings is where I bought my Stella Cherry tree, which does not need another tree for propagation. Did not have to sign any legal docs, it does not have a tracking device.I don't know if it came from Flemmings wholesale, but if I had to sign any documents, I would not purchase the tree. Once I buy it, it is mine to do as I please. I feed my tree every 3 weeks with blood and bone coming into blossom. My tree is now over 5 years old and I am starting to get a lot of fruit on it in the summer. I pruned it in winter and have started to shape it the way I want it to grow.
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tecko says...
Hi there deaboy,
Glad to hear from ya. Back in the '80s, I lived in Brandon, and Winnipeg in Manitoba for a while (next to your province.) Today, I live in Perth where the winter is never subzero. I do grow a Lapin cherry tree. It's the 2nd year, and I hope to have a few cherries this year. For fertilizers, I use NPK.
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X-ray says...
Nick, those slug/leech looking things in your photos are called cherry slugs. They come out in humid weather. Watching Gardening Australia, Tino advised to use Dipel. I haven't had to use it yet this season, but last season was pretty bad as you'd know. My tree is wrapped in netting, but the fruit are green and starting to wrinkle, not sure what the problem is. Might try more mulch and fertiliser.
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Ken says...
H Speedy; noticed your coments on Forum,and would like to pick your brain re growing Cherry (Stella) in my location. I would think our soils would be similar, as are the weather conditions. Any help would be appreciated.
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Speedy says...
hi Ken, I'm on the Mallee red soil (sandy loam) over a clay subsoil with some limestone nodules through the clay.

I dug in a bit of old matured compost and well rotted cowpoo into a patch of soil about 800mm across x about 300-400 mm deep and planter a bare rooted 'Stella' tree into it.
It's 3yrs old now (?) and about 3metres or more tall with a trunk about130mm dia.
I planted a Sunburst at the same time but it hasn't grown as much, and a 'Lapins' this year from a pot.
I expect that the Stella's growth rate will slow and it may start to produce more flowers/fruit in comming years.

very few flowers and fruit yet
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Claudia says...
Can anyone please help me. I planted a bare rooted cherry van in my front garden during winter. It seemed to be coping well with all the rain we had until the buds started swelling. Then it was attacked by black aphids. We sprayed it with an oil and soap mix. The leaves did not get a chance to sprout properley and the tree looked sick. Eventually we dug around the hole and it was water logged so we transplanted it in a pot to revive it, but alas, it died. I have just bought a stella variety and i am worried about the excess water as our front yard is flat. I was thinking of raising it high and maybe putting in a aggy pipe. Any tips would be appreciated.
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john says...
Yes, cherries are badly affected by poor drainage. A mound is an answer. Spray for black cherry aphid in winter as well to kill eggs. You'll need a cross-pollinator for Van but not for Stella.
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I hope i haven't doubled up on these pictures this is our Stella it has been in the ground about 5 years the crop is really good considering we had a late frost and lost some early flowers etc It has had no special treatment the soil has good drainage and we are just a couple of days off picking. Hope this helps.
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Kim says...
I hope i haven't doubled up on these pictures this is our Stella it has been in the ground about 5 years the crop is really good considering we had a late frost and lost some early flowers etc It has had no special treatment the soil has good drainage and we are just a couple of days off picking. Hope this helps.
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Jason says...
How do you still have fruit on it a couple days off picking with no net?. No birds in the area?. P.S the fruit on Stella gets much bigger and completely black when fully ripe. Although I really doubt you will be able to leave them on much longer before a bird party at 5am leaves you with no fruit by the time you wake up
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Sabrina says...
I must have pruned my tree to late this season, although I didnt think so at the time. My tree had some fruit on it but nothing like last year. Now when I look at it it has nearly nothing. We have not had warm weather in Melbourne and a lot of rain. My tree is about 5 years old so next year I will let it go. This means that it will be huge with the growth that takes place over summer, if it is anything like last summer. I am so jealous when I look at those photos of Kims tree. Mine is also a Stella. I agree about the birds, I neted mine with anticipation of a good crop. Ho Hummmm
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Georgia says...
Does anyone have a Sam or Morello cherry tree that I could get a stick of bud wood off over summer? I'm in Melbourne, thanks
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Kim says...
Jason..it has been a very good season for the birds elsewhere I would say..and it would seem that everyone else here has their cats outside thus considerably less birds..(we have ours locked in a specially made outdoors indoors cage) some years it does and some years it doesn't happen, last year there were none either but the year before the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos trawled the almond tree and the cherry hadn't fruited..I also have to say that it is too damned high for us to get a net over. I am really not sure whether local farmers poison birds either.. we are on a large "town/village block" . We did get a lot of rain and some fruit split but were salvage-able and turned int coulis, juice and pies and what didn't ended up in our bellies..I don't mind if the birds get some as my kids have all moved on and we can't eat them all. We have a wonderful block our topsoil is very deep but sandyish and was probably once the old river bed though now it has cut down the banks to around 16 metres lower than our place..
We have never pruned the tree as an old local said they were better off without it unless to shape. (Glad of the height as though we get very cold winters our summers are blisteringly hot and it shades the windows.) Our other stonefruit will yeild nothing this year as a late frost knocked all the flowers off. We do have a big raspberry and loganberry crop..yum
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uteopia says...
Rootstock shoots are overtaking my Stella cherry tree. I was going to trim them off over winter but my Stella graft completely died. The cherry produced by the rootstock was small dark and tasted very sour. My other Stella is also becoming overgrown with rootstock and hasnt progressed much with new branches since I got it about 5 years ago due to the drought. It produced nearly a 4 litre icecream container full this year.

I planning to graft scions bud wood branches onto the rootstock during the next winter since the roots are well established. Does anyone know where I can get scions bud wood branches from? I cant use my other Stella tree, since it dont have enough branches.
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If you don't get any offers from Melb. area uteopia, email me at jantinarohde at activ8 dot com dot au and I'll send you some by mail.
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john says...
Checked out Fleming's website and found no Royal Lee or Minnie Royal cherries. Has anyone sighted these two in a nursery?
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Jimmy says...
The first year the public can get them is this years coming winter 2012. They will be coming as full sized double grafts only. if your nursery checks the order form they will see them there.
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lee says...
Cherry trees need chilling peroid for them to produce fuit. Add Ice around the tree through winter.
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john says...
Nonsense.
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Stella says...
Ice around the tree is a myth. It's the dormant wood, where the flower buds emerge from that require the chill, not the soil around the root zone.
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uteopia says...
Anyone know how to increase vigor for a cherry tree?

I have had the Stella Cherry tree for over 6 years and on one, the graft died and is taken over by rootstock which produces a small sour cherry. On the other the graft dont seem to have produced any new shoots for some time. I have read that pruning increase vigor, but since I have very few branches I dont want to try this.
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lenn says...
There stillin pots ,are they? Get them out .
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uteopia says...
They were originally in the ground since I purchased them. The one with the dead graft was potted 2 years ago and I just potted the other one a few months ago.

I cant seem to get much growth activity above the rootstock.
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48 says...
I have a dwarf stella cherry growing in a pot and doing really well despite the heat which it seems to love. We are moving to Toowoomba in Qld, well to an area 20 minuets out of Toowoomba which has black soil can i take my cherry and plant it in the garden there or is it going to die ? We get frosts here and it has been OK temp gets to 8 in winter where we are going. Thanks for any help
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Jason says...
8 in the day or night? Most places near Toowoomba go sub zero and might be OK for cherry flowering. If it only gets down to 8 at the lowest I don't think its cold enough, I'm sure it'll grow OK into a nice tree, just might not flower
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Brain says...
I too have a stella cherry in Sunny Brisbane and in a pot. This is the first year and the tree is looking a bit sad in the heat 33 deg C ++. The tree came from Tasmania and so it did experience a cold winter but I very much doubt my cherry will ever flower/fruit again in Brissy in subsequent years.

I would take the tree as it will survive in Toowoomba. However, fruiting is still questionable, as SE Qld generally does not get enough chill hours for cherry production. Though you may get lucky if the winter is severe and there is a bit of cold snap. I've read that Stella requires around 500 chill hours and Brisbane gets 300 to 400 chill hours on a good winter, so you might just make it in Toowoomba, due to the higher altitude and being inland, best pay to check.

Otherwise, you may just have to wait for minnie Royal and Royal Lee, as they are like 200 to 300 chill hours. I'm hoping they are available for sale in the east coast this year.

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Jason says...
Cherry trees are actually very heat resistant, they take mid 40s in Victoria and South Australia without problems, most other trees get burnt at those temps. So the mild temps in qld won't be problem at least not in the ground. But yeah the lack of chill and constant cold is the problem
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lenn says...
True ,they are heat resistant but if not adequately watered will die fast.
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Jason says...
Maybe, ours have only had rainfall for the last 8 years or so and it doesn't rain much over summer and autumn here. They were watered when they were young.
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48 says...
Thanks all for your replies. Never heard of the Royal and Royal Lee great info thanks Brian, Are they a form of Stella ? or a different variety? We like the stella as they are so sweet. Guess as more of us try to become self sufficient they will introduce more food trees that adapt better to a wider range of climate, though as we know the climate is also changing.
Will make sure we give it plenty of water.
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Jason says...
They are new low chill breeds, I wouldn't worry about flavour, Stella isn't the best cherry anyway. It's popular because it self pollinates well and has large fruit but its not the best cherry around of anything like that. So I expect the new low chills to be at least that good
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Brain says...
for more info on the low chill varieties, try this US web site.
http://www.davewilson.com/br40/br40_trees/cherry.html

There is also a thread devoted to those two new cherries, do a search within the forum. :)
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Sabrina says...
Can anyone tell me if you are supposed to prune cherry trees every year. My tree has excellent growth but saddly even after fertilising every 3 weeks this year, I had very few cherries. I have decided not to prune this year and see what happens. I have a very healthy tree otherwise.
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Jason says...
You only need to prune them to keep them inside whatever size net you have. Or if you live in a fairly sterile place where all the birds are long dead then just keep it to a size where you can get to the cherries with a ladder. If you do prune it try your best not to cut any/many spurs off it because that's where the fruit grows
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HI SANDY,
Could You Tell Me Where I Could Get A Bananna Passion Fruit Vine.I Would LikeTo Get One &Was Wondering If They Would Grow Here In PA Where I Live.My E-mail is djesse57@yahoo.com
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Frances says...
We had a Stella cherry tree that was 20 years old it produced fruit for the past 17 years then finally died last year I planted another Stella we live in country Victoria and get very hot summers some days over 40 degrees in winter we have a couple of frosty nights all my fruit trees survive the heat
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gardnep says...
The grubs are the cherry tree slug, they are the larvae of the sawfly that I believe is native and attacks Eucalypts. These slugs or grubs hatch in the ground and crawl up the trunk to munch on the leaves. To control them you can put a folded bit of cloth around the trunk and they will crawl up under the cloth and can be removed to dispose. Alternatively there are products available for the purpose if that is your game. I tried a number of things water, oil, dust but they keep coming back and denuding the tree. Ive resorted to tomato dust. Not sure if Sunburst is sensitive to them but they sure have a feast.
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cherrygirl says...
An old orchardist told me to throw talcum powder on the cherry slugs, or plain dirt dust.Works for my tree if I think of it early.
ur cooking cherry tree in Doncaster gave 5 kilos last year, 2 1/2 this year,as I wasn't caring for it thru winter.
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cherrygirl says...
Whoever thinks birds won't eat cooking cherries..please tell the local mynahs who tear them through the netting on my tree.
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