National Cherry Month

February is National Cherry Month and in celebration we’d like to share some information about growing cherries in our beautiful Willamette Valley. Here’s some fun facts and tips for growing the best cherries, year after year:
  • A cherry is a drupe fruit. The stem of the cherry is called a pedicel and is left intact for fresh-eating.
  • Cherries boost your immune system!
  • Sweet cherries are typically picked by hand and sour cherry trees can be shaken to get the ripe drupes to drop.
  • Plant trees in full sun (6 hours or more) and provide good air circulation; plant away from buildings and 15-20 feet from other trees.
  • Cherry trees need to cross-pollinate and require bees to do the work. Mason bees are the primary pollinator and their efforts directly effect fruit production – even if the cultivar is self-pollinating, planting two different cultivars will lead to greater yields.
  • Adaptable to most soil types, though well-draining soil is a must!

Popular varieties in stock now:

‘Bing’
Top quality black cherries – large, juicy & sweet. Excellent for fresh-eating and canning.

‘Glacier’
Large, dark red sweet cherries with superior flavor – best for fresh-eating. Crack resistant.

‘Royal Ann’
A blushed yellow, large, sweet cherry – great for fresh-eating, canning or baking. Resembles ‘Rainier’ in flavor.

‘Lapins’
Large and dark skinned with a rich cherry flavor. Crack resistant and heavy producer.

‘Sweetheart’
Sweet cherry that satisfies the soul with its unique taste and large, bright red fruits.

‘Stella’
Dark-red, nearly black cherries with good sweet flavor and great texture. Great for fresh-eating, canning, freezing and drying.

Other varieties in stock:
‘Vandelay’
‘Surefire’
‘Carmine Jewel’
‘Black Gold’