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Cherry Trees (Bare-rooted)

Sweet cherries crop best under conditions of light rainfall (in areas of high rainfall they are prone to splitting). They do best on a deep, fertile, well-drained soil but will tolerate a range of soil types provided it is well drained and ideally 60cm (2ft) or more in depth. Cherries flower early and so require a sheltered position and may need protection against spring frosts.

The biggest disadvantage of sweet cherries in the past has been that they make very large fruit trees. However, Ken Muir’s trees are grafted onto the new dwarfing rootstocks Gisela and only a small tree is produced, around 2m (6ft 6in). Acid cherries do not grow as large as sweet cherries and are therefore grafted onto the more vigorous Colt rootstock so that the ultimate height is the same.

If you have a small garden, certain varieties are available as Minarette fruit trees which are ideal as they can be planted as close as 90cm (3ft) apart.

The recent introduction of self-fertile cherries has been a great improvement as now only one need be grown which is important where space is limited. These were first developed in Canada and several varieties are now available.

Cherry trees are available for delivery from late November to late March.


We have now stopped taking orders for bare-rooted cherry trees for this season. We will shortly be listing the varieties that we will have available to order for delivery late November/December 2017.


View Ken Muir's 'Guide to Growing Cherries'.

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