How to grow cherries: 9 useful tips

Growing cherries is a temptation that caresses us when we taste red fruits or use them in the kitchen.

For the varieties, first of all we distinguish sweet cherries and sour cherries such as sour cherries: this is how they are grown.


1) When you choose the cherry tree plant, tell us which rootstock is best for you and if you need to take a pollinator as well. Some varieties are sterile, so for them to produce fruit, you need other plants to fertilize them.

2) To grow cherries, in principle is indicated a not very compact soil with a pH between 5 and 7, although generally these trees tend to adapt.

3) With a view to planting, prepare the soil and fertilize it with organic products such as mature compost, wood ash and forest leaves.

4) Plant the cherries from late autumn to late winter, depending on where you live, in a sunny and airy area, leaving a space of about 10-13 meters around them.

5) If necessary, i.e. the plant is fragile and there are adverse conditions, consider supporting it with support.

6) In spring and autumn, fertilize the plants with the most suitable methods and products for age and rootstock.

7) Especially in dry climates, irrigate cherries so that they do not lack water. On the other hand, the opposite excess, i.e. too much water and water stagnation, can also be a problem as it can cause the trees to rot. Think about remedying this problem even at the beginning, checking that the soil is fairly draining and does not retain water.

8) When the harvest time arrives, wait for the right time before pulling the cherries from the stalk, so that they reach a rather full colour, pink or light red depending on the variety, and are therefore ripe.

Beware of birds too: protect your cherries with a cage or wire mesh that does not damage the trees or with other devices.

9) Pruning is a problematic operation because the cherry tree may be negatively affected by the cuts, so do it with caution and consider calling an expert.