UK's most popular cooking cherry.
Sharply acidic fruits for making pies; jams and cherry brandy.
Self fertile and a good pollinator for other varieties.
Cherry ‘Morello’ is the best known of the cooking cherries, with very juicy dark red fruits for making pies, jams, wine or cherry brandy. The fruits are sharply acidic when fresh, but cook to a deep, rich cherry flavour. This sour cherry is particularly hardy and grows well in northern parts of the UK, producing a bumper crop from late July onwards. This variety is self-fertile and makes an excellent pollinator for most other varieties.
This variety is self-fertile and does not require a pollination partner.
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 4 years.
1 x 12 Litre Potted Tree (Colt Rootstock) (KB2316)
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1 x 24cm Potted Tree (Colt Rootstock) (KB9923)
Plant cherry trees in any well drained soil in a sheltered, sunny position. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and drive the stake into the ground to support the tree. Staking after planting may result in damage to the root ball. Plant fruit trees at their original soil level and firm them into the ground. Fasten the tree to the stake using a tree tie, and water well.
When growing cherries on the patio, use a large 60cm (24") diameter container filled with a soil based compost such as John Innes No 3.
Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Feed and water cherry trees during particularly dry periods.
Care should be taken when pruning cherry trees to avoid winter pruning as this leaves cherry trees prone to silver leaf disease. In the first spring after planting, select 3 or 4 well spaced branches on a clear trunk of at least 75cm (29"), and shorten them by two thirds. Remove the central stem to just above the highest of the selected branches. Remove any laterals below the selected branches.
In the following spring, select 3 or 4 sub laterals on each branch and shorten these by half to create a balanced, open framework. In future years cherries will require only occasional pruning to remove damaged, badly placed or diseased wood. This should be carried out during the summer months. It is not necessary to thin the fruits on cherry trees.
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