[NAFEX] How hardy is Carmine Jewel?

Leslie Moyer unschooler at lrec.org
Sat Jul 30 00:38:28 EDT 2011

I planted my first Carmine Jewel last fall in NE Oklahoma, zone 6b/7a.  We had a super-cold winter here with temps down to 25 below zero.  We had a very late freeze in May.  We had a dry early spring, followed by a wet late spring and then an extended drought for all of July with almost a month of temps over 100 degrees.  (It has been a CRAZY weather year--we had one day this spring where the temperature swing fluctuated 100 degrees in 24 hours!)  Anyway--my Carmine Jewel is getting along just fine with NO supplemental water.  The water hydrant closest to it has been broken (water pump failure) until a few days ago so I haven't been able to water there.  It didn't flower this year, so I don't know yet if it will produce a crop this far south (I haven't seen a southern zone for it yet--has anyone?), but I have no doubt, after this summer weather, that it will LIVE in the south just fine.  It's planted near my Nankings and my Hansens....my Hansens are doing fine, too, but my Nankings are looking a little thirsty.

Leslie Moyer
unschooler at lrec.org

On Jul 27, 2011, at 2:41 PM, Caren Kirk wrote:

>  Ernest, I second Sarah's comments about the U of S cherries' 
> hardiness. I've had my Carmine Jewel for about 5 years now and a Romeo 
> and Crimson Passion for about 3 and despite having very different and 
> varied weather conditions throughout those years and seasons, I've never 
> had any hardiness problems with them.

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