Good morning. I have a 3 year old Romeo dwarf cherry tree. The tree is approximately 6 feet tall this year. This year and last year the tree has developed flowers and then pollenated. Tiny green fruit formed and then the complete stem with fruit dropped off the tree not long after. Hundreds of them. Can you offer me any help as to why this is happening? Thanks, George
Fruit trees only need to convert one in twenty blooms to carry a good crop of fruit, which means that when more are converted, they often naturally drop from the tree to allow for a more sustainable crop based on the size of the tree.
Cherry Romeo is self pollinating but does do better with another pollinator.
Once a Cherry gains good size it needs to be watered regularly, thoroughly and deeply during the fruiting period. Infrequent, shallow watering can deprive the fruit of much needed water, causing it to drop.
If your area is hit with a late frost, once the Cherries have started forming, this can cause them to drop as they are damaged by the harsh conditions.
Too much water is as bad as not enough water. Make sure your Cherry tree isn’t sitting in boggy, over wet soil.
Your Cherry tree, like most plants, will benefit from regular fertilization during the year.
I have a netted fruit cage 8 metres square I would like to espalier the cherry if I can but worried I need a 2nd tree? If so what dwarf can you recommend? Thanks Jan
this article should help:
I have two dwarf Cupid Cherry trees from the Romance Series. This is the third year I've had these trees. Last year they had a serious infestation of leaf rollers while I was away. I cleaned them up as soon as I returned but they were pretty damaged. I still got fruit but not a heavy yield. This year the yield seems at the high end but the branches seem weak and are drooping. I don't remember seeing them like this before. Also the leaves seem to be a bit sparce, more so on one of them. Is this an indication of a health problem or is it simple because of the weight of the cherries forming? If it's a health issue, what can I do? (Sorry, I can't send a photo at this time).
Unfortunately, without a photo it is hard to say. If you do not notice any spotting, or other signs of infection, then I would chalk it up to the weight of the fruit.
In the meantime, this article will help you with the care of cherry trees:
I have a single Dwarf Cherry marked as “cherry dwarf flowering 12-24” it has been planted in a large 22” pot but has dwarfed to nothingness. It has no leaves however it has eyes on it still. Can it be nurtured back to health somehow? Should I buy a companion since the type of tree is unknown?
It will need careful attention. The biggest issue is likely wet root zone. It does need to dry out some between waterings in order to take hold in the soil. Be sure to let it dry down to 3 or 4 inches between waterings. You may want to treat with a fungicide. This can help alleviate any symptoms of disease.
an option. Will be outside all winter in a permanent pot insulated with Styrofoam. And covered with a blanket I need to know if you sell them. How much they are. When would you ship it? When would I plant it? And, do I get planting instructions with it?
We do not sell plants. We only offer information on growing them. With that being said, this article will help: