Last year we decided to move forward with our gardening plans and plant several different fruit trees, including several cherry trees and some plum and apple trees too.

If you are eager to have homegrown cherries, fresh from your backyard, you are in the right spot.

HOW TO GROW A CHERRY TREE

Here is a guide to help you plant and care for your very own cherry tree! However, keep in mind, sweet cherry trees generally do not start producing fruit until about three to four years in.

CONSIDER WHICH CHERRY YOU PREFER

There are of course sweet cherries and tart cherries. How do you intend to use your cherries, once your trees have matured, and are ready to be picked?

Sweet cherries taste great, fresh off the tree, whereas if you are a canning guru, you will likely want to opt for sour cherries to prepare your jarred preserves.

SWEET CHERRIES

The thing about sweet cherries, is that you cannot plant just one tree. You will need to plant at least two trees, about 35 to 40 feet apart.

The reason you need two trees is so that they can pollinate one another. The exception is dwarf trees, as they only need to be spaced five to ten feet apart, and the “Stella” does not need the help of others to pollinate itself.

SOUR CHERRIES

Sour cherry trees are special, in that they are self-fertile! They are best grown in hardiness zones 4-6.

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