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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

In the mild coastal Southern California climates, Sweet Cherries will grow, but they generally do not fruit well (if at all). This is because they do not get nearly enough winter chill to set fruit, and warm late fall and winter daytime temperatures can further disrupt dormancy. Still, folks will always keep trying! Although there are currently (2009) no truly \"low chill\" varieties of Sweet Cherry commonly available, there are four that come close: \'Royal Lee\' and its pollinator \'Minnie Royal\' require only 400-500 hours of winter chill (temperatures below 45 degrees F.), \'Lapins\' (self-fertile) needs 500 hours, and \'Stella\' (self-fertile) needs 500-600 hours. While these numbers are a real stretch for most gardeners in these climate zones, if you live in a real \"cold hollow\", you might give these varieties a try.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. Choose the coldest part of your yard.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to get the varieties you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. Choose the coldest part of your yard.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize with a balanced plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.
    5. Prune

    Cherry trees don\'t need to be pruned. Prune only to maintain good structure and shape, and do not prune heavily.
    March
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    April
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Protect

    Protect fruit from birds, if necessary, with netting.
    May
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Protect

    Protect fruit from birds, if necessary, with netting.
    3. Harvest

    Harvest cherries when they are fully ripe and sweet.
    June
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    3. Protect

    Protect fruit from birds, if necessary, with netting.
    4. Harvest

    Harvest cherries when they are fully ripe and sweet.
    July
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    August
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    September
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    2. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    October
    1. Water

    Water regularly during the growing season.
    November
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.
    December
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to get the varieties you want.

    February

    Buy bare-root trees from a reputable nursery to get the varieties you want.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    January

    Plant in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. Choose the coldest part of your yard.

    February

    Plant in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. Choose the coldest part of your yard.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    February

    Fertilize with a balanced plant food.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

    February

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

    March

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    April

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    May

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    June

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    July

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    August

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    September

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    October

    Water regularly during the growing season.

    November

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

    December

    Water regularly during dry periods, but don\'t overwater.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    February

    Cherry trees don\'t need to be pruned. Prune only to maintain good structure and shape, and do not prune heavily.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    June

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    September

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    April

    Protect fruit from birds, if necessary, with netting.

    May

    Protect fruit from birds, if necessary, with netting.

    June

    Protect fruit from birds, if necessary, with netting.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    May

    Harvest cherries when they are fully ripe and sweet.

    June

    Harvest cherries when they are fully ripe and sweet.

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