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Questions About Sour Cherry Trees

Asked by
nancymatt on
July 8, 2012

Q. my sour cherry trees

My sour cherry trees, which used to produce abundant fruit by the first week of July, have failed to blossom much and have not produced ripe fruit for two years. No disease is evident. Last spring was excessivly wet, and this season has been hot and dry. I have never fertilized these trees, which are about 20 years old.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 9, 2012
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It sounds like a nutrient issue, likely a nitrogen/phosphorus inbalance. Too much nitrogen in the soil will prodcue healthy growth but limit flowering and fruiting production. Try adding some more phosphorus-rich fertilizer or bone meal to the soil to encourage more flowering and fruiting. Plants need phosphorus for flowering and fruiting. Without it, there will be no blooms and thus no fruit. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

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Asked by
jbradvi9 on
April 9, 2015

Q. Sour cherry

I would like to ask something about a 4 year old sour cherry that is about to flower. Every year it fruits but after a certain period, while still small like peas or even smaller, they become yellow and fall down from the tree. In this situation we lose 90% of yield. The neighboring sour cherry fruits with no issues! Thank You in advance for your answer.

Answered by
shelley on
April 9, 2015
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Sour cherry trees mature between 3-5 years old so your tree just might not be old enough to fruit viably. Young fruit trees are more prone to overbear and can succumb to early fruit drop.

How healthy is the rest of the tree (leaves and branches)? Tell me about your watering and fertilizing practices. Are there any signs of insect pests? Did your tree suffer a frost or extreme cold at any point during the blossoming/fruiting processs?

For more information on cherry tree problems, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/cherry/cherry-tree-not-fruiting.htm

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jbradvi9 on
April 10, 2015
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I assume I have to cut off every second bud because there are so many of them.We have an apricot,a granny smith apple and an abbe fetel pear with no issues.Leaves and branches of the soar cherry are predominately ok except 5-6(a few) that wilted last year due to monilia laxa...

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 9, 2016

Q. Sour cherry

I would like to ask something about a 4 year old sour cherry that is about to flower. Every year it fruits after a certain period while still small like peas, even smaller, become yellow and fall down from the tree. In this situation, we lose 90% of yield. The neighboring sour cherry fruits with no issues! Thank You in advance for your answer.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 10, 2016
Certified Expert
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Sour cherry trees mature between 3-5 years old so your tree just might not be old enough to fruit viably. Young fruit trees are more prone to overbear and can succumb to early fruit drop.

How healthy is the rest of the tree (leaves and branches)? Tell me about your watering and fertilizing practices. Are there any signs of insect pests? Did your tree suffer a frost or extreme cold at any point during the blossoming/fruiting processs?

For more information on cherry tree problems, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/cherry/cherry-tree-not-fruiting.htm

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Asked by
jillol on
May 19, 2016

Q. Pruning Crimson Passion Sour Cherry tree

Pruning a Crimson Passion Sour Cherry tree after tree has blossomed and before fruit. Would it harm this year’s fruit growth or future tree shape if I was to prune off the top of the tree after it has blossomed but before the fruit has appeared? It had an odd growth spurt that has made it very top heavy. I would have to prune off from the main stem above the main leaf ball.

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