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Growing Cherries

Growing Cherries

Danube Cherry

Danube Cherry item #30760


Cherries are attractive, early-blooming fruit trees. There are both sweet and tart ("pie") types on dwarf, semi-dwarf, and standard sized trees. Sweet cherries are a bit less hardy than tart types. Most sweet cherries are hardy to zone 5, while most tart types are hardy to zone 4. The fruit is great eaten fresh or used for desserts, jelly, and jam.

The cherry varieties that we offer are all self-fertile and do not require a pollinator to fruit well.

How To Plant

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.


Cherries grow best in a moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Ensure soil remains moist when fruit is ripening. Trees require pruning each dormant season to ensure good fruit production. Remove pruned wood, fallen fruit, and dead leaves to prevent pests from overwintering in this debris. 

Fertilizer Recommendations

Cherries benefit from annual fertilization in spring or early summer. Use full rates of ALGOplus All Purpose 6-6-6 liquid fertilizer or Purple Cow Organics BioActive All-Purpose Fertilizer 4-6-4.

Common Problems

Cherries are relatively easy-to-grow, but they benefit from a preventative spray program helps prevent pest damage. Diseases including leaf spot and brown rot can affect trees. Tart varieties are usually more disease-resistant than sweet types. Insects including aphids, Japanese beetles, plum curculio, and cherry maggot may attack trees. Birds can feed on the ripening fruit. Flowers can be damaged by late spring frosts, especially sweet types. Fruit cracking can be caused by overly wet conditions when the fruit is ripening.

Alternative Products

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

Complimentary Products

Use All Seasons Spray Oil or Organic Dormant Oil Concentrate while trees are dormant to kill overwintering pests. Bonide Fruit Tree Spray can be uses to control both insect pests and diseases.

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X Netting to protect the fruit from bird damage.

Cherry Facts

Cherry trees are very ornamental when in bloom.


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