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- The Minnie Royal is a red sweet cherry tree that produces fruit in the mild Winter climates of Southern California. Since much less cold weather is needed to produce Minnie Royal, the tree is good in many areas of Los Ange...
- This medium-sized red cherry is very firm with an excellent flavor. Very low chilling requirement, excellent pollinator for Minnie Royal. Pollinated by Minnie Royal. 200 to 300 hours. (Pat. No.12417) (Zaiger)
- Prunus cerasus 'Albaloo' Sour Cherry trees, contrary to their counterpart cherries, produce smaller and pleasantly tart fruits that do not require much cold to produce in even mild Winter climates like in Los Angeles and Orange County. The tree pr...
Cherry trees are beautiful. They produce White Spring Blossoms and Summer Harvests. Cherry trees are small and deciduous, they lose their leaves in the winter. Our collection of cherry trees are low chill. This means they will bloom and produce fruit in mild winter climates. Plant in the morning sun and afternoon shade in cites like Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank, and the San Fernando Valley. Cherry trees grow well in full sun near the coast. In mild climate areas such as Malibu, Santa Monica, and mild climates areas like Beverly Hills.
Sour Cherry Tree produce consistently in all areas. They do not need as much winter cold temperature as the sweet cherry. Plant in the morning Sun and Afternoon shade when planted inland where Summers are very hot.This is to prevent Sunburn leaves under high intense light conditions.
The minnie lee and Royal Lee cherry are known low chill cherry trees. These popular trees are great for mild winter climates. Although their Spring blossoms can be seen readily, a sudden rise in temperature under the Summer destroys flowers. Plant in a location that receives morning sun and partial afternoon shade to have the best chance to harvest sweet cherries.
The very popular Bing Cherry needs over 700 hours chill. Grow bing cherries in cold winter climates such as Lancaster and Apple Valley in the Mohave Desert.
Plant Care Information
How To Water - Frequency and Duration to Irrigate
Newly planted trees should be watered regularly to establish well. The frequency of irrigation and quantity of water mainly depends on the season of the year, soil type, and size/age of the tree.
Frequency to water
Discontinue watering in the Winter while the tree is dormant.
Begin to water weekly as the tree breaks bud and leafs out in the Spring.
Increase the frequency of water to twice per week in the Spring.
Water 2-3 times per week during the hot Summer months.
Reduce irrigation frequency to 1-2 times per week in the Fall.
Stop watering your tree in the Winter while it is dormant.
You may need to water sandy soils more frequently but less quantity because of sand’s lower water holding capacity.
Water Duration – Quantity of water
Drip System – 30- 60 minutes
Sprinkler – 15 – 25 minutes
PVC Bubbler – 5 – 7 minutes
Hose – Flood the trees watering well until the soil surrounding the tree’s roots reaches field capacity.
Fertilizer and Plant Nutrition
Fruit trees and edible plants need nutrients to grow. This is called fertilizer and it comes in different forms. Use organic manure, bone meal, blood meal, and humus based fertilizers. Apply fertilizers like manure along with a bone meal, humus based phosphorus fertilizer (1-2-2) NPK ratio in the late Winter, right before spring growth. Reapply with organic high nitrogen (2-1-1) or fertilizers with a 1-1-1 NPK as directed by the label during the Spring and Summer growing season. Do not fertilize in the Fall, new growth at this time will be thin, lanky, and weak.
Winter Pruning and Summer Thinning
Prune fruit trees in the Winter to maintain size and shape to prepare for Spring growth. Thin the tree in the Summer, and remove excess fruits. Remove any dry twigs and branches. Cut off any new growth below the graft or very low in the tree, this will direct the plant’s energy to its main branches. Thin your trees during the Spring and Summer seasons to ensure the plant’s energy is directed as desired. If the plant provides an overly large quantity of fruits for that branch, reduce the quantity of fruit so that what remains grows larger. This will also prevent broken limbs. Harvest ripe fruit to prevent undesired pests.
Harvesting and Pest Management
The basics of integrated pest management is cleanliness and the use of a combination of methods. This means we use an organic pesticide when the pest population reaches a threshold that requires action. Horticultural oils such as Neem oil is an organic pesticide that controls tiny, soft bodied insects. Use organic Bordeaux and Liqui-cop to manage fungus causing diseases such as powdery mildew, rust, and leaf-curls.
Keep a clean environment, free of weeds and dropped fruit that host insects or attract animals. Harvest when fruit reaches size and store indoors. Use repellants and bird netting to protect your harvest from other animals.