Cherries are the quintessential summer fruit, after all, what Christmas is complete without them? Grow your own supply to enjoy over summer by planting a tree or two! They can grow into large trees (10-15m, so make sure you have the room!), but you can also purchase dwarf varieties, which only grow 2.5m high and are perfect for small gardens and even pots.

They grow best in areas with mild summers and cold winters, so check the variety is suitable for your area before buying.  And if you’re not after the fruit, you can purchase ornamental varieties, which put on a gorgeous floral show in spring.   


How to grow Cherries in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food . If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water in deeply, at least once every 2-3 days to ensure the soil is moist - you may need to water more often in warmer conditions. 
  6. During the growing and flowering/fruiting season, apply Yates Thrive Citrus & Fruit Granular Plant Food TIP: For an added nutrient boost, feed with Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate weekly during the flowering season.

     
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How to grow Cherries in a pot

Cherries grow into large trees, so they’re better suited to growing in medium large gardens.  However, there are smaller varieties that are available, which are perfect growing in large pots in small gardens or even balconies! Try dwarf varieties such as 'Griotella' and 'Compact Stella'.

  1. Choose a pot at least 600mm wide. Position in full sun and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Nature's Way Organic Citrus & Fruit Mix.
  2. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Water deeply, at least once every 2-3 days to ensure the soil is moist - you may need to water more often in warmer conditions.
  5. During the growing and flowering/fruiting season, feed your tree with Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food. Throughout the year apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Most varieties require a compatible pollinating partner to help with pollination and fruit production. However, there are self-fertile trees such as 'Lapin', 'Stella' and 'Griotella' which can grow on their own and produce fruit.

  • Prune trees to encourage an open, vase shape. After this framework has been developed, little pruning is needed, except to remove branches growing inward and/or dead branches. Cherries bear fruit on spurs growing on two-year-old or older wood.
  • Pruning, when necessary, should be done in autumn as trees are subject to bacterial canker or ‘gumming’.  Cuts heal quicker during this time than when trees are fully dormant.

  • Help plants make the most of any available water by mulching heavily over the root area with a ten-centimetre-thick layer of organic mulch and applying a soil wetter to encourage water to move into the root zone.

More Plants

Oranges

Oranges are delicious when eaten fresh, juiced or cooked. Trees can grow up to 6 metres so for small gardens or pots, choose a dwarf variety.

Apples

Apples can grow into large trees, but you can also find dwarf forms. Be sure to find a self-fertile variety or two which can cross-pollinate.

Strawberry

Strawberries happily grow in raised garden beds, in the garden, in pots or even hanging baskets. Eat them fresh, cooked or make into jams.

Passionfruit

Passionfruits grows on vigorous vines and need at least a 2.5m high support, so they’re ideal for growing up and across a pergola or along a sunny fence.


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