The Q&A Archives: Cherry Trees

Question: We planted cherry trees last year, when can we expect them to produce?? What kind of insect spray to use for them?? How often do you water??

Answer: It will take 4-5 years before your cherry trees are mature enough to begin producing fruits. The trees need to be watered deeply once each week. If you haven't already, make a watering well or basin beneath your new trees by mounding up a few inches of soil in a circle about 12" out from the trunk. When you water, fill the basin, allow it to drain, then fill it a second time. This will concentrate the moisture over the rootmass and allow it to trickle down, wetting the rootmass. You can water this way, then wait 3-4 days and dig down into the soil. If it is still moist 1-2" below the surface, you won't need to water for a few days. If it is dry, it's time to water. By next spring both your trees should be fully established and should leave out without problem. Cherry tree spray schedules begin at bud swelling and continue at regular intervals until after petal drop. Check your garden center for sprays formulated especially for fruit trees and follow directions on the label. Enjoy your landscape!

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