Behold our cherry harvest.  This one is a Royal Ann cherry, usually more bi-colored red and yellow than this.  We had tons of blossoms, but only three or four cherries on both our Royal Ann and Lapins trees.  I don’t know if its a pollination problem, that they’re too young, or that they just won’t fruit well here.  I’m loathe to give up yet, as I learned my lesson with apples.

Zaiger Genetics released a cherry variety that has shown itself to be very productive in a low-chill climate; Royal Lee, and its pollinator Minnie Royal.  They’re distributed in California through Dave Wilson nursery, a wholesaler that deals through retail nurseries. 

We have high hopes for it, as cherries are the last conquest from the high-chill areas that we have not been able to grow.  We already grow wonderful peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, apples, persimmons, pluots, blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and figs; not to mention the world’s greatest citrus and avocados, olives, loquats, pomegranates, bananas, and guavas.  Year round.  It just doesn’t seem fair.

2 Responses

  1. I am trying a Morello and a NorthStar here in south GA. I got about fifty cherries last year on the Morello but this year they dropped off. I think, actually a big guess, it was because of a miss timing on the “Fruit Tree spray I used on the cherry tree.

    The NorthStar is newly planted so nothing to report. One of its parent is the Morello so it might work. It is by parenting a natural dwarf.


  2. Have you tried the new Royal Lee and Minnie Royal cherry cultivars yet? I have several and get between a dozen and 30 cherries a year.

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