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cherries stop growing, shrivel.....

Posted by lola-lemon 5b East WA (My Page) on
Tue, May 21, 13 at 16:02

Trying to pin down why this happened for the second time in 3 years.

The tree is FULL of baby cherry nubs (like a cooked grain of barley size) -(if they all ripened we'd have several wheel barrows full) -and then most of cherries quit developing and now we only have maybe 40 cherries left growing on a mature tree. the rest are shrivelling up .

Hubby was busy and it wasn't pruned or fed this year.
Also- hubby doesn't like the lawn to grow to fast and tends to shut off the sprinklers anytime it is cool.

Didn't see many bees this year (or last year, but crop was good last year)

Are these possibly the reasons?

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RE: cherries stop growing, shrivel.....

Oh- this tree is atleast 10 years old and is a grafted rainier, and probably bing (here when I bought the house).
In addition, I have a stella right beside it that is about 4 years old.

RE: cherries stop growing, shrivel.....

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Tue, May 21, 13 at 17:01

That's easy, the cherries weren't pollinated. Both Bing and Rainier set nothing without pollination. But are good pollen for each other if you can kick the bees in gear. Stella should pollinate both so you are set there. Just need bees to kick in.

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