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Cherry tree and fire blight risk

Posted by MulberryMary Illinois (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 5, 13 at 11:01

Good day gardeners,

Last summer we cut down a backyard apple tree that was suffering badly from fireblight.

I want to plant a sour cherry tree (north star) this year. Near the apple tree stump would be my preferred spot.

Should I worry about fireblight from the stump infecting the cherry tree? If so, does it make a difference if I plant the cherry tree ten feet away instead of right next to the stump? (It's a back yard, not an acreage)

Thanks!


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RE: Cherry tree and fire blight risk

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 5, 13 at 11:10

Mulberry:

Cherries don't get fire blight so no concern there. It might be better planted 10ft away or at least a few feet. But for us backyard growers other considerations usually prevail. So I'd say plant it wherever is best for sun etc. Do remove all of the apple stump that you can if it's rotted. But again I won't spend $$$ removing a solid stump.


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RE: Cherry tree and fire blight risk

Thanks! Good to know that cherry trees aren't susceptible. I thought since they are somewhat related to apples they might suffer too.


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RE: Cherry tree and fire blight risk

With cherry, you need to look out for bacterial canker. It is rather common and troublesome.


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