If you want to have cherries in your orchard, a common question is whether you need to plant two cherry trees together to produce cherries fruit.
Like other fruit trees, many cherry varieties cannot self-pollinate and require another tree to do so. Of the cherry tree, there are varieties that are self-fertile and do not require a pollinator, but there are also self-sterile varieties that require another pollinator.
So how do I know if I need to plant one cherry tree next to another for pollination?
First of all we must know the varieties that we want to plant and their pollination needs. Varietal breeders have made significant efforts to make new cherry varieties self-fertile and do not require cross-pollination. When the variety is self-fertile, you don’t have to plant two cherry trees together to get cherries, which makes planting much easier.
However, if we want to plant traditional varieties, such as the prestigious cherry variety Picota Ambrunés we will have to see
Is any cherry tree worth pollinating another?
It is important to know that not just any cherry tree will do to pollinate another, you have to know the varieties that are compatible and that pollinate each other well.
On the one hand, varieties are grouped into pollination groups, needing to be from different groups to be compatible. So, if we plant two cherry trees together from the same group, we will not get them to pollinate each other.
On the other hand, there are extra-early, early, medium, and late flowering trees. Between the first flowers and the last ones, more than 21 days can elapse. Therefore, it is important that the flowering time of the planted varieties coincides well so that the flowering is optimal.
In this case, it must be taken into account that it is necessary to plant at least two cherry trees together from different pollinating groups and the same flowering season.
Taking the above into account, we will be able to make the right decision when buying seedlings in the cherry tree nursery and get to enjoy our own cherries.
Do i need to plant two cherry trees together to produce fruit, why not three?
If your land is located in an area far from cherry trees and you have chosen to plant self-sterile varieties, it is best to plant more than two, for different reasons the cherry trees they dry up and in this way we would reduce the risk of running out of cherries.
Another option is to graft the branches of the tree of different varieties compatible with each other, the bench cherry treees graft is very effective when dealing with sparse branches thickness Although it produces certain limitations when it comes to applying the necessary phytosanitary treatments to control pests, with cherries in different stages of maturation.
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