I have a Starkspur montmorency pie cherry tree. When I first brought
this tree home 3 years ago, it was 5 ft tall with over a half dozen
cherries on it. Since then I've received tons of blossoms every year,
and the tree is 7 ft tall, but this year is the first time I ever
received fruit since first planting. I had _one fruit_ this year...a
great fruit, mind you ;) but still a little lacking on quantity.
I have with me the original card that came with the tree. It says its
a semi-dwarf pie cherry, and "super productive". If one cherry every
3 years is super-productive, I'd hate to see the ones that skimp ;)
It also says it's "self pollinating", which I am also highly skeptical
Since it had tons of fruit while at the nursery, I can only guess it
needs a cross pollinator to set fruit, which it shouldn't, since it's
a pie cherry. If I needed another pie cherry to cross-pollinate this
one, can anyone recommend any? Would another montmorency be
Can pie cherries cross-pollinate each other? Do cross-pollinating pie
cherries set a lot more fruit than single pie cherry trees? It's
been difficult to find this info, everything on cross-pollination is
about sweet varieties. Thanks very much,
I don't know the tree, but many require cross pollination and/or do
better when surrounded by a number of other trees.
Other possible problems, weather, local conditions of soil, moisture or
weather or just a lot of transplant shock.
What zone are you in? When I was a kid we had several old sour cherry
trees in the yard. They were amazingly productive in years when we had
cherries -- but only perhaps every third or fourth year was a "cherry
year". The reason being that in Cleveland OH, the average date of last
frost is fairly close to when the cherries are in flower. If there was
a warm spring and then a late May frost, then brown mushy blossoms, no
cherries. Cold March/April with no late frost ===> many cherries.
You are being a little impatient. Pie cherries usually start bearing
in 4-6 years, and nothing bears heavily when it is young. Add a year
to account for transplant shock, and you get 5 years at the earliest.
Your tree sounds about five years old.
You might also lack pollinators (bees). Self-productive plants may
still need a pollinator to transfer the pollen from the male to the
female parts of the flower (sometimes, they are diffferent flowers on
the same plant).
well except for dwarf fruit trees. my cherries on Gisela bore the year after I
planted them. Ingrid
and nothing bears heavily when it is young. Add a year
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