What are the best fertilizers for cherry trees?

Cherries on the tree

The cherry tree is a deciduous fruit tree that is really precious. During spring, its cheerful little flowers sprout, in summer and autumn its fruits emerge which, in addition to being edible, increase the ornamental value of the plant, and by mid-autumn its leaves turn a very striking orange color before falling.

For all these reasons, there are many who have not hesitated to plant a specimen in their orchard or garden. However, if you want to get the best cherries, you will have to ensure that their roots have all the nutrients they need at their disposal. How do you do that? Providing you with the most suitable fertilizers for cherry trees, of course 😉. Find out what they are.

Organic compost, the greatest ally of your cherry trees

Finished compost

And, actually, of all plants, but let's not deviate 🙂. When cherry trees are grown, having edible fruits will always be much better to fertilize it with Organic fertilizers. Why? Basically, because even though they are slower release, they do not leave toxic residues for people And, in fact, you will never see on any container of this type of compost the label that says "Safety period" because there is no such period when it comes to natural products, which are on earth.

Starting from this, any type of organic compost will be very helpful to your tree. But since at certain times of the year it is necessary for the effect to be faster, we could say that there are fertilizers for each season.

Choose the best season ticket for each season

Spring growth

Chicken manure or chicken manure

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The cherry tree is a tree that needs a lot of nitrogen and potassium, although we cannot forget about phosphorus or micronutrients. If any of them were missing, we would immediately see that the plant weakens. Thus, especially during the spring I recommend that you fertilize it with poultry manure. For example, chicken has 4% nitrogen, 4% phosphorus and 1% potassium.

In addition, the good thing about it is that its effects are noticed very, very soon, in a matter of a few days. But it has a drawback: if you get it fresh, you must let it dry for a week, because if you apply it directly the roots will burn. The dose is 0,05kg / m2. Take it once a month and you'll see how well it grows.

Fruiting season

Manure guano powder

During this season (summer and early fall) it will continue to need a lot of nitrogen as it is in full growth, but now another equally important nutrient will come into play: phosphorus. Phosphorus is in charge of increasing the fruiting capacity and that the fruits develop correctly. Also, without it, both the roots and the flowers would not come to fruition either.

Therefore, to obtain an excellent harvest you have to opt for organic fertilizers rich in phosphorus, such as seabird manure, much better known as guano. For the case at hand, bat guano is especially recommended, which contains 9.60% phosphorus, 2.50% nitrogen, 2.32% potassium, in addition to a wide variety of micronutrients (iron, zinc, molbdenum, boron, cobalt, and others). The dose is two or three tablespoons for every seven liters of water once every 15 or 30 days depending on whether it is a young tree or whether it will bear a lot of fruit or not.

And in winter? Pay it too

Earthworm humus

I know. Surely you have heard and read countless times that during the winter you do not have to fertilize because the plants do not grow, but we cannot forget that they are living beings that need to "drink" and "eat" every day, just like any of us.

During this season, growth is practically non-existent, but the plant continues to perform the functions more basic to be able to continue with life, although at a much slower pace. Without the leaves, your cherry tree absorbs the water and nutrients dissolved in it to feed the trunk and branches. So, with what to pay it? With a slow-release organic compost, such as earthworm humus, which has 2.26% nitrogen, 33.0ppm potassium, in addition to zinc, manganese, boron and other micronutrients. Spread a layer about 5cm thick around the trunk once a month.

With these tips, your cherry tree will grow and stay strong and healthy all year long.


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  1.   Lola said

    Very good cherry fertilizers, and for other fruit trees? Can I follow the same technique?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      It is highly recommended, yes 🙂