small cherry fruits

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  1. susanne

    susanne Nubian dairy goat breeder

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    i planted some cherry trees two years ago. they a black cherry and yellow red cherry. the problem is they are very small. is this a sign that they are missing some nutritions or minerals?
    what do i need to get good size cherries?
    my prunes also seem to be on the smaller side. :shrug:
     
  2. woodspirit

    woodspirit Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like they might need to pruned back in the winter to even out the roots with the top growth. It takes huge amounts ofd energy for a plant to flower and set fruit. If they are in full sun all day from morning till night, that is good. Try mulching with manure and keep the ground moist after the fruit is gone as that's when water is most beneficial as it helps to develop fruiting buds. Some prunes require, or at least do better with a pollinator. It depends on whether they are Italian, Japanese or ?? All sweet cherries need a pollinator but not all sour cherries do.
     

  3. WisJim

    WisJim Well-Known Member Supporter

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    First, what part of Michigan are you in? Do you know what rootstock the cherries are on? And, how big are the trees?--just what do you consider "really small"? Or do you mean the cherry fruit are small? How small?