[nafex] Late-ripening sweet cherries: Hudson vs Sweetheart
chandos49 at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 30 00:04:34 EDT 2012
I looked at Raintree's catalog. They don't carry Benton, but show Black Gold and White Gold as blooming mid-late, in that order. They also show Sweetheart as blooming shortly before Black Gold. Ought to work well. You might even get overlap with bloom time of Sweetheart and White Gold. They are that close in the line up. BTW, they show Hudson as the last bloomer of sweet cherries they offer (among 17 cultivars.) Considering its proximity to White gold on the list, it ought to do fine. Perhaps the question is more how you view the strengths of Hudson and Sweetheart: do you want something that may crop so heavily it "benefits from thinning" (quoting Raintree re Sweetheart) or ripens very late (Hudson)?
Dave Liezen, E. WA, z6 where my English Morello sour cherry is in full bloom
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> Subject: [nafex] Late-ripening sweet cherries: Hudson vs Sweetheart
> I have the following sweet cherries: Benton; Black Gold; & White Gold.
> All of the above are self-fertile. I'm looking to add just one more sweet-cherry - a late ripening variety appropriate for the Northeast.
> I suppose the latest-ripening of good quality and crack-resistance are: Hudson & Sweetheart.
> Hudson is self-fertile, whereas Sweetheart is not; if I went with Sweetheart, would the (some of the) above varieties be in the same
> pollination group to pollinate it?
> Can you give your opinion as to which of these two late-ripening varieties is best?
> Steve; NJ
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