Prunus avium (Sweet Cherries) Prunus cerasus (Sour Cherries)
Slightly Acidic to Neutral
- For sweet cherries, make sure the different varieties will pollinate each other.
- Plant sweet cherries in late fall or early winter if grown outside, or at any time if container grown.
- When planting fan-trained trees, construct the necessary supports before planting.
- Space fanned trees 15 to 18 feet apart.
- Planting for sour cherries is the same as for sweet cherries, however, space bushes and fans only 12 to 15 feet apart.
- Thinning is not necessary.
- Apply mulch to retain moisture.
- Drape netting over trees to protect the fruit from birds.
- Water routinely in dry areas.
- There is no difference in care between sour and sweet cherries.
- Pick fruits with stalks when fully ripe.
- Eat or cook immediately.
- Pick fruits when firm if they are to be frozen.
- Hand-picking may injure the shoots and cause infection; Cut the stalks with scissors.