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Growing Cherries

Growing Cherries

Danube Cherry

Danube Cherry item #30760

 An attractive, early-blooming fruit tree, hardy in zones 5 to 7. Available in both sweet and tart ("pie") types on Dwarf, Semi-Dwarf, and Standard trees. Fruit is great eaten fresh or used for desserts, jelly, and jam. Store bare root trees in a cool place out of direct sunlight and ensure roots remain moist. Can soak roots in water for 2 to 4 hours before planting. Plant outdoors in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost, as dormant trees will begin growing when temperatures are favorable. Prepare a hole at least 18 to 24 inches deep and wide enough to fit all the roots. Incorporate compost into the planting hold and mix well. Prune off any broken or damaged roots. Plant so that the graft union is at least 2 inches above ground, spreading out roots without bending them before filling the hole.


Prefers a moist, well-drained soil, but tolerates any well-drained soil in full sun. Ensure soil remains moist when fruit is ripening. Requires pruning each winter to ensure good fruit production. Remove pruned wood, fallen fruit, and dead leaves to prevent pests from overwintering in this debris. 

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165) or full rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085) or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other hardy fruit trees include Apple, Apricot, and Plum.

Complimentary Products

Benefits from annual fertilization in spring or early summer. Bonide Fung-Onil Fungicide (50232) can be used to control disease and insect pests. Use All Seasons Spray Oil (50002) or Organic Dormant Oil Concentrate (50004) in early spring to kill overwintering insects.

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X Netting to protect the fruit from birds

Cherry Facts

Usually not difficult to grow, though a preventative spray program helps prevent pest damage. Diseases including leaf spot and brown rot can be a problem. Tart varieties are usually more disease-resistant than sweet types. Insects including aphids, plum curculio, and cherry maggot attack trees. Birds can feed on fruit. Flowers can be damaged by late spring frosts, especially sweet types. Fruit cracking can be caused by overly wet conditions when fruit is ripening. Cherry is very ornamental when in bloom.


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