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beangreen



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 06 7:47 pm    Post subject: cherry trees Reply with quote
    

How long will it take a cherrytree to grow from pip to fruiting?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 06 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

5-15 years

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 06 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

And

a) they don't breed true from pips
b) they need pollination partners

oldish chris



Joined: 14 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 06 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

And the cherries will probably be small and a tad bitter

And Cherry Trees aren't half tall

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 06 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

oldish chris wrote:
And the cherries will probably be small and a tad bitter

And Cherry Trees aren't half tall


You never know, even some wild cherries can be (almost) sweet, but yes it'll definitely be tall.

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 06 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Some wild cherries are very sweet, some less so. Very variable fruit, I think.

nettie



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 06 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Ummm....I've got a sweet dwarf cherry that my mum bought as a whip, it fruited (albeit half a dozen cherries!) the year after I planted it, and it doesn't need a pollinator.

I can't remember the variety for the life of me but I'm pretty sure it came from J Parker's catalogue. I'll check with my mum and see if I can find out more.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 06 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

wild strawberries are excellent from seed.
wild cherries make better bird food.
If you want to feed the birds plant it.

beangreen



Joined: 21 Aug 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 06 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

oh well,
off to the garden center to buy one looks like the only option.

Cheers everyone

Green Man



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 06 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

You could grow your cherry from seed then use it as a root stock. If you know of a particularly good wild cherry or a named variery, you could take a peice and graft it onto your rootstock in a couple years time. Thats how the nurseries do it.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 06 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It's the rootstock that controls vigour and precocity, so you'd end up with pretty much the same problems as the actual seedling (although it'd fruit a little earlier)

culpepper



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 06 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mine were self seeded (or is that bird seeded;) )
They used to be really small fruits,not much more than the stone with a skin but in the last couple of years they have produced actual edible cherries .
I think it must be the weather change and the fact that they are now not competing with a bramble patch for survival.
I looked at some in wilko last year but they get too tall about 25 feet and that would mean they get wide too so there would be all tree and no garden.

cab



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 06 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How well does keeping a cherry tree in a pot constrain its growth? I'm banking on my potted cherry tree being manageable, you see...

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 06 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

cab wrote:
How well does keeping a cherry tree in a pot constrain its growth? I'm banking on my potted cherry tree being manageable, you see...


It can be done quite successfully, there was an article in the "Friends of Brogdale" newsletter a couple of years ago, need to be on a dwarfing rootstock

cab



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 06 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Cool. Mine is meant to be on a miniature rootstock, which I took to be semi-dwarfing from what it said on the label. I really should have thought through that purchase rather than impulse buying. Cycling home with three trees tied to my frame was probably quite a sight.

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