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Cherry 'Stella'

Prunus avium

Hardy Tree

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Britain's best known dessert cherry

Firm, dark red fleshed fruits

Ready to be harvested from mid July to August

Bare root 'whip' plant makes them quick and easy to establish

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Self fertile and easy to grow; Stella remains the most popular dessert cherry. White cherry blossom appear in spring followed by an abundant crop of large, dark-red, sweet fruit in late July. You can expect upwards of 5kg (11lbs) of cherries per tree, saving you money compared to paying supermarket prices. Initially growing with an upright habit, it will gradually spread as it matures.
  • Cherry rootstocks:
  • Gisella 5 - Dwarf reaching a mature height of up to 2m (6',6")
  • Gisella 6 - Semi vigorous reaching a mature height of up to 4m (13')
  • Colt - Semi vigorous reaching a mature height of 5m (16')

This variety is self-fertile and does not require a pollination partner.

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 3-5 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 6-7 years.

Supplied as a one year old, 1.2m – 1.5m high, bare root 'whip' plant with no branches. This makes them easy to plant and quick and easy to establish.

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1 bare root plant (Colt rootstock) (KA9707)
2 bare root plants (Colt rootstock) (KA9711)

Plant the cherry tree in a sunny border in any well drained soil. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole. Fruit trees should be fastened to a stake to prevent them from rocking in windy weather. Drive the stake into the ground prior to planting. Staking after planting may result in damage to the root ball of the tree. Plant fruit trees at the same soil level as they were in their original pots and firm them into the ground. Fasten the tree to the stake using a tree tie. Water well.When growing cherries in containers, repot into well drained, soil based compost such as John Innes No. 3. As container grown plants increase in size they will require repotting into increasingly larger pots up to 60cm (2') diameter.
In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the tree. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer.Feed and water cherry trees regularly throughout the summer, particularly during their first two years. Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. Pruning cherry trees can be undertaken in summer to improve their shape and remove any damaged or crowded branches.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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