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Planting a Cherry Tree

Growing your own fruits and vegetables is the hot topic this spring. Vegetables are generally pretty easy, but planting and growing fruit is a long term commitment. To learn how to get your fruit production off the ground William and Judy stopped by Fresh to You (503-769-9682) in Stayton.

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Nancy joined William out in the garden to see how to plant a cherry tree. This variety was a Bing and it was looking healthy and strong. First they had George prepare a hole that was almost twice as wide as the root ball of the tree. He then scored the roots. That means he cut them along the sides so they will promote growth into the new soil. He then added a root stimulator and a transplant fertilizer (both by Fertilome) to help get the plant off to a good start.

The tree he planted was grafted on semi-dwarfing root stock. That means it will stay shorter than a normal Bing cherry tree. We also saw where the graft was on the trunk. You have to remember not to bury this graft. It will cause the root stock to grow and that will weaken the tree. Nancy also talked about Blueberries. She was holding a half-high blueberry which is great one for a deck or patio container.

It will also give you fruit this season, where you may have to wait a year for the cherry to produce. If you are looking to add a fruit tree or bush to your garden, stop by Fresh to You and let them walk you through the process.

(Originally aired on GardenTime TV. See the GardenTime web site for more videos and information about the show)

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