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Cherries are good for you, and they're a versatile fruit. Cherries are also delicious and easy to grow. A cherry tree can present a beautiful addition to any landscape or garden and it will give you the added bonus of harvesting your own fruit. We're going to look at how to make growing your own cherry tress an easy endeavor.
Determine what sort of cherry tree you would like to plant. There are sweet and tart, dwarf and standard. Some varieties do better in certain areas. Check with your local nursery to decide what's best for your area. Some cherry trees are self-pollinating. Getting one of these means you'll only need one to have it bear fruit. Otherwise, you'll need to get a couple.
Find a suitable place to plant your tree (or trees). There should be plenty of sunlight, and the soil should be fairly rich. Planting a new cherry tree in the same location one has previously been can be a recipe for disaster since many of the essential soil nutrients might be gone. Make sure the soil has adequate drainage.
Plant your tree. If planting more than one, standard sized trees should be placed between 20 and 30 feet apart. Dwarf trees should be between 8 to 12 feet apart. This will provide enough sun and soil nutrients for each tree.
Add mulch. Leave about half a foot between the layer of mulch and the trunk of the tree.
Watch your trees. You'll need to keep an eye on soil content, and make sure that it stays slightly acidic. If you need to add fertilizer, do so in the spring before the tree blossoms.
Prune, according to the type of cherry tree you have planted. Again, check with your local nursery on how you should prune for your specific variety and climate. Pruning should be done in the late winter when the trees are dormant.
Harvest the cherries.
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