Fruit Trees Nursery Nebraska Sweet Cherry

Overview

Fruit trees are a popular addition to any garden nursery, and sweet cherry trees are especially appealing with their gorgeous bright red fruit and popularity in commercial markets. Sweet cherries are enjoyed in a variety of meals such as fruit salads, cherry pie and fruitcake. They are also full of healthy benefits as they are high in antioxidants and have plenty of vitamins and minerals.

When growing sweet cherry fruit trees in a Nebraska nursery, it is important to consider key factors and choose the variety that is suitable for the region. Nebraska tends to have long, cold winters, and some cherry varieties cannot tolerate the long chill. They can also be susceptible to the late Nebraskan spring frosts.

Fruit Trees Nursery Nebraska Sweet Cherry Varieties

Two varieties of sweet cherry fruit trees are considered good growers in Nebraska.

The Bing Cherry Tree is a very common cherry tree and grows well in most regions and environments. They range in color and are very sweet when picked freshly from the tree. In order to produce fruit, this variety requires cross-pollination which can be done with any sweet cherry variety.

The Black Tartarian Cherry Tree also does well in Nebraska sweet cherry nurseries. They are a heart-shaped variety with very dark skin when ripe. This variety also needs to be cross-pollinated in order to produce fruit.

The most successful method of growing sweet cherry fruit trees in Nebraska is growing a combination of Bing Cherry Trees and Black Tartarian Cherry trees in your home garden or nursery. They both grow well in the Nebraska climate and will cross-pollinate with each other to produce healthy, delicious, organic sweet cherries.

Growing Tips

  • Be sure to guard against birds. Birds are especially fond of fruit trees and can strip the cherries from the limbs in a single afternoon. Netting can be used to ward them off.
  • Plant the sweet cherry tree in well-drained soil.
  • Sweet cherry trees do best in full sunlight. They will grow in partial sunlight, but the overall quality of the fruit will be lower.
  • When planting in Nebraska, try to plant the tree on a higher terrain in order to lower the damages of a late frost.
  • New cherry trees need plenty of water until they are established.
  • Place a stake next to the new trees as they grow to lend support to their roots and trunk.
  • Pick the fruit over the summer as it becomes ripe.
  • Prune dead limbs every spring before new growth begins in order to maintain a healthy tree.

References

University of Nebraska UNL Extension, Selecting Fruit Trees for Eastern Nebraska, December 2007

University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program, Why Fruit Trees Fail to Bloom

Nature Hills Nursery, Cherry Trees – Kingpins of the Fruit Tree Family


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