Britain's best known dessert cherry
Firm, dark red fleshed fruits
Ready to be harvested from mid July to August
Pollination Group 4/Self-Fertile - Eating Cherry
Height Up to 250cm (98.4in)
Spread Up to 250cm (98.4in)
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Britain's best known dessert cherry that reliably produces firm, dark red fleshed, good sized fruits with the sweetest flavour. The crop can be harvested from mid July to August. A Canadian bred variety, Cherry 'Stella' makes a productive and attractive tree both in flower or when laden with fruit.This variety is self-fertile and does not require a pollination partner. You can expect upwards of 5kg (11lbs) of cherries per tree, saving you money compared to paying supermarket prices. Supplied as a one year old, 1.2m – 1.5m high, bare root ‘whip’ plant with no branches. This makes them easy to plant and quick and easy to establish.
Supplied on Semi vigorous Colt rootstock which will reach a mature height of 5m (16')
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 3-5 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 6-7 years.
1 bare root cherry tree (Gisella 6 rootstock) (T71131)
2 bare root plants (KA9711)
1 bare root plant (KA9707)
Plant cherry trees in any well drained soil in a sheltered, sunny position. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and drive the stake into the ground to support the tree. Staking after planting may result in damage to the root ball. Plant fruit trees at their original soil level and firm them into the ground. Fasten the tree to the stake using a tree tie, and water well.
When growing cherries on the patio, use a large 60cm (24") diameter container filled with a soil based compost such as John Innes No 3.
These plants are lifted from the nursery field when dormant, and sent to you in late autumn or spring for planting. They often look dead on arrival, but they are just resting in the dormant period and will establish quickly for a strong start in the garden come spring. Set out in prepared soil in holes wide enough and deep enough to lay out the roots. Tread down the planting soil to knock out air pockets. Water well to settle. Apply a mulch to protect roots from cold temperatures. If conditions prevent immediate planting, set roughly into loose soil or a pot of compost (‘heeling in’) to protect the roots. Set these at the same level as they were in the nursery field – you should see a soil line at the base of the stem. Stake trees, taller shrubs and roses to prevent root disturbance.
Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Feed and water cherry trees during particularly dry periods.
Care should be taken when pruning cherry trees to avoid winter pruning as this leaves cherry trees prone to silver leaf disease. In the first spring after planting, select 3 or 4 well spaced branches on a clear trunk of at least 75cm (29"), and shorten them by two thirds. Remove the central stem to just above the highest of the selected branches. Remove any laterals below the selected branches.
In the following spring, select 3 or 4 sub laterals on each branch and shorten these by half to create a balanced, open framework. In future years cherries will require only occasional pruning to remove damaged, badly placed or diseased wood. This should be carried out during the summer months. It is not necessary to thin the fruits on cherry trees.
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