Here are some of the reasons why I love cherries! 1) Cherries contain antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and pain as well as help fight chronic illnesses such as reducing cholesterol; 2) Cherries make a great snack and 3) Cherry blossoms signal spring!
My new cherry trees have just arrived and in this video you will see how I prepare them to be planted in a container. You will see that these trees look different from the ones that you are used to seeing me work with. These are brand new bare root trees which means they have to be prepared for a container, differently than other already potted plants. Did you even know that it’s possible to plant trees in a container? Let me show you how.
The key to long life is soaking the bare root tree first. I suggest soaking them for about 1-2 hours. You can soak them longer, but no longer than 24 hours which will damage the tree.
While my trees are soaking in a metal container filled with water, I prepare my container for planting. You will see that I have managed to find a large 18 gallon galvanized metal container. While the tree is soaking, I will prepare my mammoth container with organic soil and fertilizer.
Once the tree has soaked sufficiently, I gently place it in the container. I place the roots deeply into the soil, about 2” below the rim. And then I do what I call deep watering. It is crucial that a newly planted bare rooted tree is soaked after planting.
Cherry trees are as versatile in the landscape as any other fruit tree. They can be trained to grow flat against a wall (espaliered) or incorporated in your garden for aesthetic reasons, including the striking hint of red they bring to any landscape, once the tree bears fruit.
Cherry trees thrive in most of America from zones 4-9. They require a cold winter in order to produce a bountiful harvest. When planting cherry trees, you need to plant at least two different varieties for the trees to cross-pollinate and bear fruit. I have chosen to plant black gold cherries and white gold cherries. You can also choose to grow sour cherries which are often self pollinating. Some self-pollinating sweet cherry cultivars also exist.