Cherry Cross-pollination - Knowledgebase Question

Kewanee, IL
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Question by sppdla
June 6, 1998
I understand that sweet cherries need cross-pollination but tart cherries do not. Can a tart cherry cross-pollinate a sweet cherry; for example, can a Montmorency cross-pollinate with a Tartarian Black Cherry?

Answer from NGA
June 6, 1998
Sour cherries can't be counted on to pollinate sweet cherries, in part because they often bloom at slightly different times. Though there are a few exceptions to this rule, I would not count on 'Montmorency' to pollinate 'Black Tartarian'. Consider planting another sweet cherry variety--'Stella' would be a good choice, since it is a mid-season bloomer like 'Black Tartarian', and is a universal pollenizer. (There are some sweet cherries that are incompatible and won't pollinate other sweet cherry varieties, so you need to choose your varieties carefully.)

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