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starting cherry trees from seed

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by Lorena on January 28, 2006 07:31 AM
How do you start a cherry seed?

Lorena

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by markr on January 28, 2006 08:57 AM
I think they need to have a cold spell first,
then plant in situ.
ive got one which grew from seed in my garden,
it took a couple of years to fruit, and the cherry's are very small.
not worth growing realy.
be prepared for a lot of pruning mine just keeps on growing, and now its lifting my path, the roots need to be kept away from structures.
if you want fruit your better off getting one which has been grafted, then you will have a lot more fruit and less pruning.

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by obywan59 on January 30, 2006 02:30 PM
I believe markr is right, you can either plant the seeds outside in the fall, or put them in moist sand in a baggie and put them in the refrigerator for 3 months or so, before returning them to normal temperatures.

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by obywan59 on January 30, 2006 02:33 PM
Okay, I just looked it up in one of my plant propagation books, and they say cold temps for 3-4 months. Also, you need to crack the seeds, either before or after the cold temps. Plant shallowly after germination begins, and set out after 2 months, or put indoors or in a greenhouse.

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by Ironside on February 02, 2006 10:24 AM
by treegrower1 on February 03, 2006 04:27 AM
I start my cherry seed in the fall.Put them in the ground and cover with sawdust. And yea they need cold stratification to come up.Planting a cherry seed is like plantin a peach seed it will have fruit but not the same variety you planted. It has to be grafted/budded.Its best to just buy whichever varity you wanted
by Buglady on February 06, 2006 12:07 AM
Also most cherry trees today are grafted....

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by ninniwinky on February 06, 2006 12:22 AM
Can someone like me Graft a cherry tree? I have a HUGE on thats about 30 years old. It is huge, with no Suckers or anything coming off of it.

Ninni
by treegrower1 on February 11, 2006 09:59 PM
actually most cherry trees are budded. even though its the same principle there is a difference in it.is the cherry tree you got a seedling[did you or someone plant the seed]?or is it already a certain variety?never heard of anyone budding/grafting a 30yr.old seedling but that for sure dont mean it cant be done and would live.most of the time cherry seedlings are growed for 1-2 yrs and then budded.
by Lorena on February 14, 2006 11:40 AM
thanks, think I'll just get one that's started from a nursery... I would love to have one that had different varieties grafted to it. we live in cherry country... I mean they are everywhere just 30 miles east of us, huge commercial orchards some are even organic... and were planted along with apples, plums, apricots, and peaches when the first settlers came.

thank you everyone

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by peppereater on February 17, 2006 07:55 AM
Does anyone know of a truly sweet red cherry? I've noticed that almost all sweet cherries are "black" cherries, while the reds are almost always "pie" cherries.
I am growing a Montmorency, the description says "good for pies or eating fresh." It doesn't say it's great eaten fresh, like they say about bings and others.

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by obywan59 on February 17, 2006 02:36 PM
I haven't found a picture, but Edible Landscaping ( www.eat-it.com ) describes Sweet September cherry as a "large, sweet red fruit ripening in August and into September" Their other sweet cherries are described as either yellow, dark red, or black.

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by obywan59 on February 17, 2006 03:31 PM
In all the searching for info on Sweet September, I came upon a reference for another cherry called Craig's Crimson that is reputed to be possibly the finest sweet cherry of all. So of course I had to order one. [perplexed] [dunno]

Craig's Crimson Cherry

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by tamara on February 17, 2006 07:45 PM
I planted some suckers from my mother-in-laws cherry tree(tree was about 30 years old), last year I had a few cherries and they were the same as the mother tree.

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by Greenthumb newbee on March 07, 2006 02:05 PM
When I was a kid My parents had a house with a VERY BIG cheery tree. The trunk was over 3 feet in Diameter and we had to go on the roof of the garage to pick the cheeries of the tree. at least the ones that did`nt fall off the tree. On average we picked over 6 bushells and the birds\bugs could`nt eatt all the ones on the ground. Too bad I don`t know what kind it was but they were BIG cheeries like bing in size.

I got 2 trees not from seed but almost. I got them from the Arbor foundation which is about stick size or about 2 feet tall. they are now 4 feet tall and need alot of pruning which to me is no big deal esp since we also have mature juneiper bushes (more like small wide trees)

Beautiful property we bought over 2 years ago but most of the plants\grounds were neglected. talk about alot of work but it`s getting there and starting to look really good.

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