[NAFEX] sweet cherries

Donna &/or Kieran holycow at cookeville.com
Thu Jan 10 14:28:04 EST 2008

The problem with sweet cherries is probably the rootstock.  Mahaleb seems to do ok with sour cherry but sweet cherries tend to die on it.  Commercial nurserymen prefer to use it, and even commercial growers prefer to buy trees on it because it has some dwarfing effect, but the trees are much shorter lived.  Mahaleb seems to be the reason that sweet cherries have a reputation for not liking clay soils.  I have sweet cherries on their own roots, taken as sprouts from own root trees, and they grow fine in acid red clay.  See if you can find sweet cherry on Mazzard.    Donna 
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