Cherry Fruit Tree
Sweet cherries are indigenous to parts of Asia and native to Europe and are found in the Southern part of
Sweden, Greece, Italy and Spain. The first nation to cultivate cherries was Greece. In South Africa cherry
production by commercial and small farmers is still rare. It is only grown in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.
Climatic and soil requirements
Cherries require cold and long winter weather condition with a long dormancy period of 7°C or below.
Cherries prefer regions with a cool spring and a mild summer. The tree grows very well on a wide range of soil types and it requires good, deep, friable well-drained soil with a pH between 5, 5 and 6, 5.
Cherries are marketed as fresh fruit and some are canned or processed as cherry jam, cherry brandy, cherry ice-cream and as syrup.
Cherry Fruit Tree’s are relatively easy to grow
Mulch thickly around the area of the base of the tree to ensure water retention in the soil
You can prune the Cherry Fruit Tree to the shape that you desire, pruning is preferred during winter time when the Cherry Fruit Tree goes dormant.
Perfect for your Home Garden