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Royal Rainier Cherry

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Tommoz starts with ...
I am aware that is has only been released to Australia in recent times but perhaps some of you have already tasted the fruit.

It has highly polarizing feedback: in California it wins all the prizes but in Washington they complain of a horrid sulfuric aftertaste. Climate very important.

I was considering having a double-graft cherry tree of Lapins/Royal Rainier, but all I ever see it combined with is Stella or Van. By my calculations Lapins blossoms at the exact same time as RR, but fruits later in the season, a great advantage meaning cherry availability for a longer period.
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9th April 2013 12:23am
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sder says...
Does Dural get the requisite 900 hours of chill?
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9th April 2013 9:40am
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Tommoz says...
You must be thinking of Rainier. I am talking about Royal Rainier, which some have put as needing as low as 450, but likely about 600, which I get most winters.
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sder says...
Yes, it seems you're right as the Royal is about 600 hours. Where can you buy it?
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Tommoz says...
Flemings have Royal Rainier. It is not actually a genetic descendent of Rainier (which is Van x Bing).

About the taste disparity: http://www.goodfruit.com/Good-Fruit-Grower/November-2007/Variety-variation/

Would be good to hear how it tastes when grown in the Australian climate.
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bobbysdad says...
Back in the mid 60's, I lived in the Adelaide Hills at a place called Lobethal. I vividly remember that outside our back door, there was a cherry tree with cherries that looked very much like the Rainiers I have seen pictured. Whether they were Rainiers or the Royal variety, I wouldn't know, but, they were the most delicious, sweetest cherries I have ever eaten. I was only 13 to 16 years old at the time but I'll never forget that taste. It was so different. Nothing at all like the cherries available today in most supermarkets which quite honestly, I find quite tasteless. I recently found something that looked similar at a Woolworths S/M, but they had absolutely no taste or sweetness at all. So disappointing. Unfortunately, I live in Victoria now, and will never know if that cherry tree still exists as it was more than 50 years ago now. Oh how I wish I could find them again today.....
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Fruitylicious1 says...
I think it's not unfortunate that you are now living in Victoria with regards to growing cherries. It's one of the prime location of growing good cherries like your cherry tree of a long bygone era.

It's not too late to grow your own cherry tree. Perhaps a royal Rainier, Van, or Bing are excellent tasting cherries. You're right . Homegrown cherries are much better than store bought one because homegrown ripens to its full potential and flavor.

While waiting for your cherry tree to fruit you can always go cherry picking during the cherry season from late Oct through to Dec. There are 9 cherry farms in Victoria who currently offers cherry picking during cherry picking season. One particular farm Nature Ripe Fruits in Bacchus Marsh have Rainier cherries in their orchard. At least you get to pick your cherry before they hit the supermarkets. The best thing is you can select the ripest and juiciest from among the bunch.

It's better than reminiscing the past in my opinion.

Happy Gardening:-)
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16th January 2018 6:58am
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bobbysdad says...
Thanks Fruitylicious1 for your response, but I'm a little too old for picking cherries at my age and health, and because I live in an apartment block, well, there's just nowhere to grow a tree let alone live long enough to grow one to fruition.... :(
..... but, as it happens, I do know someone that lives in Bacchus Marsh, and I'll see if I can get them on the case.
I should mention, that up until a couple of days ago, I didn't even know what type of cherries they were even!
I was hoping that the old cherry tree from my past may have still been there, but after checking with Google maps [satellite view], I see that the old house had been extended somewhat at the rear since then, so that means the old tree is now long gone. It must've been almost as old as the house, and that was 100 years old when I lived there. Such a shame.....
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