Growing Cherries at the Allotment

Growing Cherries at the Allotment

Cherries come in two main types; the sweet cherry and acid cooking cherry. You can choose varieties that are dwarf if need be, and self-fertile trees are best to select unless you are planting more than one.

Cherry trees can be planted during November - December. If they are dormant bareroot trees and container grown cherry trees can be planted any time.

Cherry trees like full sun, but the acid cooking cherries can thrive in the shade.

Cherries like deep and fertile, well-drained soil and can be trained and pruned for the desired growth. The trees will require regular watering until it becomes established. Add well-rotted manure.

Cherry trees; when blossoming, will require protection from late frosts. A fruit cage is also beneficial to prevent the birds from eating the fruits and aphids can sometimes be an issue.

Cherry trees; after blossoming with form the fruits, which will be ready to harvest July - August dependent on the weather. Pruning should be done after harvesting.

Sweet cherries can be eaten fresh and raw and cooked, acid cooking cherries can be used for cooked desserts, pies and jams.

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Growing Cherries in Summary

Planting Cherries

  • Plant dormant bareroot trees in November-December
  • Plant ocntainer grown trees anytime 
  • Select self-fertile for one tree and dwarf for a smaller tree

Growing Cherries

  • Water regularly until established
  • Protect from frosts and birds
  • Prune after harvesting

Harvesting Cherries

  • Harvest during July - August
  • Sweet cherries can be eaten raw
  • Acid cooking cherries can be used in jams and cooked desserts