Summer garden update - Bush cherry plants

in ecoTrain2 months ago (edited)

Like the tree variety, they will produce fruit once they mature. But the fruit is smaller than what is normally found on cherry trees. These bushes I have are only a few years old and will need some time to grow to be able to bare fruit. I have two of these so hoping they both do well and cross pollenate.

On the first year of these bushes in the ground, caterpillars ate most of the leaves off one of them. Though I am glad to see it appears to have fully recovered and I have yet to see any this year. Maybe they will show up later though, its only mid summer right now.

The bushes have shot off many stems and is going to leaf out alot in the new few years I think. This is a good sign as the plants need lots of leaves to grow fruit.

I did see some flowers form on the bushes this year, just like they did last year but no fruit have come from them yet. Maybe a few more years I will need to wait for them to bare fruit.

There are a few different kinds of cherry bushes, my two bushes are called Hansen. But there are also others, one of them being known as Nanking. Maybe I will grow multiple cultivars in the future but for now I think I have enough cherry trees and bushes.

I will keep an eye on these bushes and see if the caterpillars return, but overall they are making good progress. With one of them being almost five feet tall I wonder how tall these "bushes" will get. Normally cherry trees can grow twenty or more feet tall so we shall see how big the bush variety gets.

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I checked online to see what the Hansen bush would look like once fully grown and bearing fruit - wow, niceee! :)

Hehe yeah looking forward to mine getting big like the ones seen online. I think five or so years it will be nice and busy. Right now its just trying to form more branches and leaf out.

I look forward to seeing your bushes grow. I am familiar with cherry trees... are they different, @solominer?

Ah thanks, me too... cherry bushes produce fruit just like the tree variety. But the seeds inside of cherry bush fruit tends to be larger, so theres less cherry meat in each cherry on the bush variety. I also hear the bush cherries are better cooking cherries, and do not taste all that good raw.

Ahh...do I remember you making some jam last year?

Yeah I think I made some out of my Mahonia berries

Looking forward to your cherry jams, @solominer👍😀😜

I was going to attempt a garden of the thc kind but sadly I grew them too fast and needed to put them outside sooner than they should of been. The cold mornings end up killing 3/4 of the plants I had. year!

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They call it weed for a reason, haha it just grows like crazy. That sucks though, how cold can the plants deal with before it hurts them?

Maybe you need to grow indoors.

They call it weed for a reason, haha it just grows like crazy.

True

That sucks though, how cold can the plants deal with before it hurts them?

I have no clue an exact temp.
The longer one waits for warm weather the better the chances of survival for the plants.

Maybe you need to grow indoors.

I could prune them and keep them smaller for indoors but the odor is strong and I prefer to keep them outdoors. I'll have to be a little more careful next year :)


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