Romeo Hardy Cherry
Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Prunus. Romance series. Late season. Dark red, almost black, 4 gram fruit have good flavour and make dark red cherry pies and juice. Beautiful, bright red cherries, ideal for home made cherry pie. These bush cherries, developed by the University of Saskatchewan after 50 years of breeding work, are perfect for the home gardener. They are very hardy (zone 3), disease resistant and their bush shape is very suitable for the garden. They are heavy yielding, producing up to 10 to 15 kg per plant. With proper care they should begin to bear fruit in 3 years, with full maturity (7 to 8 feet) in 5 to 6 years. These are tart cherries, ideal for cooking, but are also sweet enough for fresh eating. We ship one year old plants in 4" pots. All are self-pollinating but better results are obtained when two varieties are planted. Hardy to zone 3. Cherry trees cannot be shipped to BC.
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Sold as: Pkg of 1
|1||Pkg of 1||$ 35.85 / pkg|
|2||Pkg of 1||$ 30.50 / pkg|
|4+||Pkg of 1||$ 26.95 / pkg|
Important! Upon Arrival:
Keep moist and cool. Fruits and berries are shipped in dormant form so they can be transplanted out once the soil can be worked in the spring. Light frosts will not damage the plants as they are in the resting stage. If you are unable to plant immediately, the plants can be stored for a short period of time. This should be a dark, cool (but not freezing) location such as an unheated garage, fridge or a cold cellar. They should also be kept moist, but not wet, until they are planted.
Grow in a sunny location that has good air circulation and average to rich, well-drained soil. Avoid low areas where frost and standing water can be a problem or sites where cherries, peaches or plums have previously grown. They prefer a pH of between 6.0-6.8(slightly acidic). Cherries, as long as they are still dormant, can be planted outside as soon as the soil can be worked. If they have already leafed out they can be kept in a pot and then planted out after danger of frost has passed. Plants should be spaced 4-5 feet apart, in rows 10 to 15 feet apart.
Thorough watering the first 2-3 years will help establish a good root system. Watering should be reduced around August-September. This will allow the plant to produce winter buds, increase hardiness, and increase dormancy development. Mulching is recommended in the early stages as this will help the trees compete with weeds and long grass. All varieties are self-pollinating, however better results are obtained when two varieties are planted. Bees will also help improve fruit set by moving pollen.
When fully mature, they will reach up to 7 to 8 feet in 5 to 6 years. These cherries are heavy yielding, producing up to 10 to 15 kg per plant. With proper care they should begin to bear fruit in 3 years. The fruit holds well for at least three weeks after ripening.