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How to Grow Cherry Trees: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners

by Gregory
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How to Grow Cherry Trees


Cherry trees are beautiful and rewarding to grow, producing delicious fruit and attractive blossoms. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you grow your own cherry trees successfully.

Choosing the Right Cherry Tree

There are two main types of cherry trees: sweet and sour (morello). Sweet cherries are best for eating fresh, while sour cherries are better for cooking. Consider the size of your garden and the amount of sunlight it receives when choosing a variety.

Planting Your Cherry Tree

  • Plant cherry trees in well-drained soil in a sunny spot.
  • Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball and just as deep.
  • Place the tree in the hole and fill it with soil, tamping down gently.
  • Water the tree thoroughly and stake it if necessary.

Caring for Your Cherry Tree

  • Water your cherry tree regularly, especially during the first year.
  • Fertilize your tree in the spring with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Prune your cherry tree in the summer to remove dead or diseased branches and to shape the tree.
  • Protect your tree from pests and diseases by using natural methods such as encouraging beneficial insects.

Harvesting Your Cherries

Cherries are ready to harvest when they are fully ripe and have a deep red color. Cut the bunches of cherries from the tree with stalks intact, taking care not to bruise the fruits.

Storing Your Cherries

Sweet cherries can be stored in the fridge for about a week after picking. Sour cherries can be used in preserves, cakes, and tarts.


Cherry trees can be affected by a variety of pests and diseases. Common problems include cherry blackfly, fruit fly, and blossom wilt. Encourage beneficial insects and practice good hygiene to prevent these issues.

Additional Tips

  • Consider growing dwarf cherry trees in containers or against a wall if you have limited space.
  • Self-fertile cherry varieties, such as ‘Morello’, can be grown without a planting partner.
  • Protect your cherries from birds by netting your trees.
  • If you need to move a cherry tree, do so during the dormant season (November to March) and dig up as much of the root ball as possible.

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