How To Grow Cherries And Their Benefits | My Peaceful Land

The cherry is one of my favourite fruit trees to grow in my garden, the cherry blossoms pink/white flowers, in my opinion, the most beautiful blossom, not only does the cherry provide us with our spring beauty, but it also rewards us with mouthwatering, delicious cherries in the summer/autumn.

Types Of Cherries

There are many varieties in cherries, but they are mainly categorized into two groups sweet cherries and sour cherries, however, sour cherries are not usually eaten raw, and are much smaller. They are widely used to preserve, and other cooking uses. There is no difference in care between the sour and sweet cherries.

Usually, you will need two-three cherry trees as they will need to pollinate each other. However, you can buy a self-fertile cherry plant which doesn’t need a pollination partner, for example, ‘Stella’. Some recommended varieties for sweet– ‘Black Tartarian‘, ‘Bling‘, and ‘Stella‘. Sour– ‘Early Richmond‘, ‘Montmorency‘, and ‘Meteor

How To Grow Cherries

Plant cherries from November to March, plant your cherry in a sunny spot, deep, fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.56.7, and good air circulation. They dislike shallow, sandy, or badly drained soils, and shade, although some varieties can tolerate shade. Keep trees well-watered during the early stages of fruit development, they also benefit from a general fertilizer in mid-spring.

Fertilizers are optional, if you decide to use fertilizer, use bonemeal, it’s a slow-release phosphorus fertilizer ideal for cherry trees, phosphorus promotes early growth, root formation, and fruit development. Mix a little bone meal with some soil. Place a small layer of the soil and bone meal mixture in the bottom/top of each plant.

Pruning cherry trees is important for tree strength and fruit production. Sweet cherries fruit on one-year-old and older wood, cherries fruit almost entirely on shoots made in the previous season; so pruning aims to replace fruited wood with new, young wood. After harvesting, cut older, fruited wood back to a vigorous new shoot, this shoot should ripen and bear fruit next year.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Cherries are not only delicious they are rich in nutrients. They contain vitamins- C, B and K, minerals- potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Cherries are also a good source of fiber, which keeps your digestive system healthy.

Cherries are rich in antioxidants, and inflammatory compounds, which may reduce chronic disease risk and promote overall health. They can also boost exercise recovery, may benefit heart health, may improve symptoms of arthritis, and gout. Cherries may improve sleep quality, and are easy to add to your diet.

How To Add To Your Diet

Both sweet and sour cherries pair well with many foods. Here are some ways to add cherries to your diet– fresh cherries, dried cherries, cherry powder, cherry juice, cherry yogurt, cherry jam, fruit salad, add dry cherries to your tea, add cherries to ice creams, pies, crumbles, and other desserts, and frozen cherries to smoothies and milkshakes.