Cherry cultivation

grow cherries

Cherry blossoms warn that Spring has arrived and is accompanied by warm and long summer days in which you can enjoy the taste of this delicious and juicy fruit.

Regardless of whether you prefer to eat them directly from the tree or if you prefer to prepare a cake with them, cherries are a synonym for all the fun you can have in the summer sun

How do you know when to grow cherries?

How to know when to grow cherries

Depending on the variety of cherry, temperature and time, it can be set when the cherry harvest is near. In order to maximize the production of cherries, it is best to plant them in damp soil, that is drained and very fertile, preferably in an area that has full exposure to sunlight for at least 8 hours a day.

Just like any other fruiting tree, the cherry tree has to be properly pruned in order to obtain a good production.

In the same way they have to be kept under surveillance, in order to prevent any kind of disease or an infestation of bacteria and fungi, which could quickly affect the quantity and quality of your fruits. It is necessary to take into account that only insects are not those that feed on this fruit, but also birds love to eat them as much as people do.

You can choose to share the cherries with the birds or you could completely cover the tree with some plastic nets Or choose to use methods that cause fear of birds, for example you can hang some aluminum cans or several inflatable balloons on the branches in order to keep the birds away.

Another essential point about cherry trees is knowing how to harvest their fruits

cherries with different colors

An average size ripe cherry will yield approximately 30 to 50 kilos of delicious cherries annually, while a small cherry can produce between ten and fifteen kilos, which makes it possible to prepare many cherry cakes.

The sugar content of cherries increases their level significantly during the last days of their ripening process, so we recommend that you wait a while and harvest the fruits once they are completely red.

To know when the cherries are ready, you must make sure they are firm and completely red.

Sweet cherries tend to come off the stem once they are competently ripe for harvest, whereas another variety of cherries it is necessary to test them to know if they have really matured.

When you have harvested all the cherries you can store them where they are at a cool temperature between 32 and 35 degrees, for about ten days. If they haven't ripened when you harvest them, you can ripen them by putting them in perforated plastic bags and placing them in the refrigerator.

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  1.   Santiago Navarro-Olivares Gomis said

    The expression "store in a cool place at 32 to 35 degrees" catches my attention.
    Is it a mistake, or is it sarcasm?

    1.    Patricia cervantes said

      Santiago, I want to think that they forgot to say that they are degrees Fahrenheit but if we convert them to Centigrade they are 0 to 1.6 degrees, very cold for a cool place ...