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Question: dwarf cherry

I have a dwarf cherry that has made many leaves and no flowers - will it produce fruits? what should I do? greetings and best wishes for a Happy Easter. Luciano


Answer: dwarf cherry

Dear Luciano,

I think you needn't worry, as from what you say the plant is healthy and luxuriant, as it has produced a beautiful vigorous foliage; it may be that the cherry tree was placed in a low-light area, but you should have put it in the fullest shade because it does not produce any flowers for this reason. It is more probable that your plant is still beneficial: flowering and fruiting are reproductive functions for the plant, which involve many of the strengths of the plants, let's say they are like extra commitments, in addition to simply vegetating; for this reason some plants need to be mature before starting to reproduce, that is, they must have developed a good crown and a good root system. For the cherry trees it happens that some start to bloom only after they are 5-7 years old, but it depends a lot on the varieties: some take a few more years. In any case, 3-4 year old specimens generally begin to produce some flowers, which, however, often fall before going to fruit.

From what you say, your plant has been in your orchard for a short time, so you shouldn't be surprised that it hasn't completely settled in yet.

It is clear that the healthier and better cultivated a plant is, the more it will bloom; so if you want many fruits in the coming years, remember that cherry trees love to be placed in full sun, or at least in an area where they receive a few hours of direct sun; at the end of winter and beginning of autumn provide some manure, or slow release granular fertilizer; cherry trees do not like pruning, and often suffer when pruned, therefore cutting is avoided, unless the damaged branches are removed from the weather. If you grow your plant in a pot, I remembered that it will need watering, from March to September, especially on the hottest days of summer, when if possible you should move the pot to a semi-shaded area, but still with a few hours of sunshine directed every day. I warn you that potted plants tend to suffer more than those placed in the ground, both for cultivation errors, both for pests, and for problems related to bad weather or climate; so if an adult cherry in the ground can give us very little effort, once an adult, the same cannot be said of a dwarf cherry adult grown in pots, which will always be grown in the best possible way.

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