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Bare Root Cherries
Cherries are one of the most popular fruits in the nation. Breeders are constantly working to provide more varieties for warmer areas in the country. The varieties Lapins and Royal Rainier were the first of these offerings, with chill hours of 400 to 500, but the newest low chill cherries, Royal Crimson, Royal Lee and Minnie Royal, require only 200 to 300 chill hours. Will Florida be the next cherry capitol of the world? Stay tuned...
Good drainage is one of the most important factors in cherry tree success. If your soil does not drain well and you have your heart set on growing cherry trees, consider constructing a raised bed. You can use lumber or railroad ties to enclose the bed and fill it with a good mix of top soil and soil amendment.
Bing Cherry - Standard
Large, firm, juicy, sweet cherry, nearly black when ripe. Has superb flavor, the number one cherry. Ripens late May to mid June. Large, vigorous tree. 700 hrs. Pollenized by Black Tartarian, Lapins, Van, Rainier, also Stella in colder climates. Available on Mazz.
English Morello Sour Cherry - Standard
Late ripening (mid June) tart cherry for cooking, sometimes eaten fresh when fully ripe. Dark red to nearly black fruit has dark juice. Small, round-headed tree has drooping branches, is easy to harvest. 500 hours or less. Self-fruitful. Available on Mazz.
Minnie Royal Cherry - Semi-dwarf
Medium sized red cherry with good flavor and a low chill requirement. Tree is very productive and ripens 11-14 days ahead of Bing. Pollenized by Royal Lee or Royal Crimson. Zones 8-10. 200 to 300 hours. Pat. no. 12942 (Zaiger). Available on Max.