Plant cherry trees

Having discussed all the favorable things that cherries can bring in the previous chapters, this time we look into ways of growing cherries if you wanted to do it yourself. With several cherry trees in your own garden, not only can you enjoy the harvest when it is time, everyone – especially friends and neighbors – will behold the beauty of the cherry blossoms several months before.

First you need to decide what type of cherry trees you would like to grow. This mainly concerns the question whether you intend to plant a sweet cherry tree or a tart cherry tree. There is a slight difference in what hardiness zones you can grow these two types. While tart cherries are able to live in the zones 4 to 6, sweet cherries likes it warmer; they grow in the zones 5 to 7. Find out whether your hardiness zone is suitable for the cherries you would like to raise. Another difference is that most sweet cherry trees need cross-pollination to survive – an exception being posed by the dwarf cherry tree “Stella”. That means you need at least 2-3 trees so that they can fertilize each other. The sour cherry trees all are self-pollinating.

Once you are set on the type, where can you get one or more small cherry trees? Your safest option, though costly, will be to go to a special market where they have cherry trees for sale. Here you will be able to select sorts of sweet cherries like the aforementioned Stella cherry tree or tart cherry trees – the two sorts being amarelle and morello cherry trees. Another advantage is that you will get genuine quality, the trees being cared for adequately so far. If you don’t want to buy a cherry tree, there is the possibility of growing one yourself from the branch of a tree via the so-called art of air layering. The basic principle here is to cut a wound into the branch. If this wound is covered by earth enriched with root-sprouting stimulants, the branch will grow roots and is able to sustain itself when buried in soil. Growing cherries trees from such a branch you will get a genetically identical version of the mother tree.

Now that you have your cherry tree(s) in the garden, it’s all about raising it up carefully. Whether growing a Montmorency cherry tree – an amarelle type of tart cherry – or any other sort, the care does not differ much. All cherry trees at some point need some pruning of the top to stimulate fruit growth at the lower branches and for more even sunlight exposure. If you care to harvest the fruits, you also have to apply countermeasures against invaders such as birds and insects. If it’s just about planting cherry trees to beautify the garden, not much else is there you need to do.