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boscar starts with ...
I was wondering if anyone has tried growing cherries in brisbane, if so what variety. When I went to Danmark a few years ago we had some amazing yellow cherries. I believe they were the rainer variety. I would love to try it as it says they are suited to a warm temperate climate but not sure if it might get too hot in brisbane or is it worth a shot?
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Tommoz says...
Unfortunately for you yellow cherries are out of the question. The new red Minnie Royal - Royal Lee from Flemings could work for you, but it's all sold out for this season.

Yellow cherries get rave reviews I know, but I've not heard how Royal Rainier has gone here in Australia. It polarised America by coast so climate is key. You need about 500 chill hours for RR. I doubt that RR is the one you had in Denmark anyway. It was probably one of the famous German yellow cherries like Dönissens Gelbe (pure yellow) or Büttners Rote (yellow with red blush). I think technically these types are called white cherries, not yellow.
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JohnMc1 says...
My Minnie Royal - Royal Lee is fruiting nicely. Don't know if local chill hours did the job or from whence it came. There is still some for sale at Wyee Nursery.
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VF says...
Another poster on this is forum, called Brain, has tried to grow some lower chill varieties in Brissie with not so good results (he may chime in if reading). The variety JohnMc1 is talking about is very new to the east coast, but with the reported very low chill hours they may be okay. Still will have to contend with rain and humidity and possible resulting fungal diseases though. Are red fruits too, not yellow/white. I'm in G.Coast hinterland, and having a go growing these as from this past winter. Plant is double grafted, only one of the grafts is flowering. Seems to be small amount of developing fruit, so may be partially self fertile (unless some pollination from peach trees.) Will see if fruit fully develops.

John Mc1, are both your grafts flowering? Are there fruits on both varieties? Hope you get a nice little feed. :)

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JohnMc1 says...
Yes, both are producing a small amount of fruit, one more than the other, I don't know which is which.
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VF says...
That's great John, glad you'll get to sample both. From what I've read, Royal Lee flowers slightly after Minnie Lee if that's any help. I'm guessing the graft that's fruiting for me is Royal Lee, as it's leaf flush came in slightly after other graft - hopefully next year I can be more certain. I'm still stoked I have fruit set with no other cherry pollinator as web info indicates it's needed. Only potential pollinators are other stone fruit (peaches and aprium).
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JohnMc1 says...
I have peaches flowering close by as well as both types of Cherry flowers overlapping. I'm only talking about half doz flowers here, not enough to flood the market.
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Brain says...
growing normal cherries in brisbane is probably more headache than anything else as the lack of chill hours is just not good for the cherries. The varieties I have are around 500-600 chill and Brisbane at best gets 300/400 hours of chill. :(

Though the colder winter of the months that has passed has seen my cherries losing most of its leaves and perhaps it even went into dormancy, so I may get a flower or two. Otherwise, the cherries stay ever green and as a result no flowering.

You should/can try the minnie royal/royal lee as VF and John suggested and you may have better luck.

I'm waiting for next autumn/winter for a barerooted (aka cheaper) version, though I'm very tempted. How much are they at Wyee?
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Josh Grower says...
Hi Brain, its now next winter. How's your MR/RL looking? I'm trying to decide if its worth the effort of chasing this pair down. I'm on the north east side of Brissy too..somehow I think it'll be a stretch
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David says...
Just to poke my nose in was at Turners in Rochdale last week and noticed a new cherry cultivar called I think red country, or something like it to be honest only took a quick look but did read that it was very low chill in the order of 200-300 chill hours I think. Hope this helps
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ivepeters says...
There was a question end of 2011, about a ' country red cherry '. Annette Yates Roadvale Qld.
She had bought one then, so hopefully it grew and fruited abundantly ?
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Juneli says...
The "Country Red Cherry "was another name for "Stella". I was excited when I saw it for sale here in Mackay at Porters thinking it was low chill. But when I read the whole label at the back it said it was a Stella which needs about 500 chill hours. I have ordered the Royal Lee and Minnie Royal from Daleys months ago so should receive them this winter. Some say they may not need any chill at all so here's hoping.
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Brain says...
I too have placed my order of MR/RL and still waiting for shipment.

I have Stella, still very green in mid winter. It may flower in early spring but not hopeful in getting any cherries.
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J1 says...
Brain,

Where did you order your minnie lee/ royal lee cherry? I've been looking for one for 4 or so years now. I had one ordered last year (I think) from daleys but it got cancelled due to stock problems.

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Brain says...
I'm in the same boat as you, did a pre-order last year and got cancelled. I think earlier this year, around Feb if I recall correctly, daley advertised a pre-order and bare root freight special and I placed my order then. I think it took a week to sell out their allocation. It went really fast.

I would give Daley a call and see if they can do a tree for you. Otherwise, VF (haven't seen him around for a while) did report another nursery in SE Qld selling it already potted. Good luck.
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ivepeters says...
Same here, hopefully this year.
Think it was a nursery on Mt Tamborine, near where she lived.
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Markmelb says...
I heard a tip of putting ice for a few nights around base of your cherries to kick them into hibernation - If you have a tuckerbox freezer fill bags with water and start freezng them now?
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J1 says...
Thanks Brain. Sounds like you lucked out a bit there. It is listed as in production here at daleys as a bare root so hopefully there could be something in the near future.

Ivepeters - not sure why but for some reason growing cherries in the sub tropics has grabbed me like nothing else not even apples. Want one of these little guys bad.
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JohnMc1 says...
My local nursery has no problem getting them in. They won't sell them bare rooted, but pot them up and sell them for a premium, around $70. They might even have some left over from last year, happy to call in and check if anyone is interested. The nursery is located in Wyee NSW.
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Juneli says...
J1 I see that Daley's have 22 MR/RL for sale in their shop. Price $69 plus postage. I wonder where the bare rooted ones are that we all paid for at the beginning of the year are then?? Must contact them to find out. Not feeling happy about the situation at present.
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ivepeters says...
They are the bare rooted ones ' B.R.X.L '
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Brain says...
I've just got an email from Daley saying the MR/RL are ready to be shipped. They were $69 then and is now.

So looks like we 'got' them this year!

Those who haven't placed their order, be quick!

we should do a little competition, see who can get to flower and cherry first!

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Juneli says...
My mistake. I sorted it out with Daley's as I had paid for mine in February and they will be sending mine out with Fastways shortly.
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ivepeters says...
Great news, get it before they're gone.
Brain, I'll probably end up killing it with too much love.
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JohnMc1 says...
I got several flowers on both grafts in the first year, all fruit fell before maturity. Hoping for at least a small crop this year.
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ivepeters says...
Hope you end up with a big one instead.
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sternus1 says...
well, I've got to say I think my fellow brisvegans here are a bit deluded in their hopes of getting any cherry to fruit here.

In any case, Ive if you're after one let me know and I'll try and make that happen for you.
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JohnMc1 says...
If I do Ive, I'll send you some samples..
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ivepeters says...
A picture of the harvest would be just as good.
Something to look forward to, up here hopefully.
It is a gamble anyway up here in the subtropics, you never know what's going to make it.
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Brain says...
I have to say, this winter hasn't been as cold in Brisbane, only 1 or 2 nights below 7 deg C. So it will still be a challenge with the MR/RL. Fingers crossed.
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ivepeters says...
Just got it delivered.
Now the long wait starts, whether it'll be happy and fruit.
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Juneli says...
Mine was delivered this afternoon will pick it up tomorrow. Hubby will be busy digging and planting the cherry and five mango trees next week. Lucky we have a post hole digger to help out.
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JohnMc1 says...
Juneli, for what it's worth, maybe square out the hole a bit to help minimise the roots running round and round the post hole.
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Juneli says...
Thanks JohnMc1 have taken your advice on board.
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Sunbeam says...
Hi, got any updates on your cherry trees?
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ivepeters says...
My dual is growing well in a 53cm pot, has flowered but unfortunately no fruit as yet.
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