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  • From: david liezen <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Late-ripening sweet cherries: Hudson vs Sweetheart
  • Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:04:34 +0000

 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

> To:
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> Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2012 22:40:48 -0400
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Steve; NJ
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