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Minnie Royal and Royal Lee Cherry Trees on 3CR178

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Dauntless



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:51 pm    Post subject: Minnie Royal and Royal Lee Cherry Trees on 3CR178 Reply with quote

The last update that I saw that anyone made about these were in 2012. So, how are your cherry trees doing now?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well....mine both flowered, I cross-pollinated with a tiny paintbrush but nothing took/became little fruit. But at least it flowered, for the first time...
that gives me some hope, and also in a winter that didn't have a lot of chill hours.....


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of mine never leafed out last year so I replaced it in January. Now I will see if I can keep them both alive and see what happens. This is my last try at cherry trees. Unless they come out with another new and improved variety of course Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ME TOO! I'll give them exactly TWO MORE SEASONS, just to be generous, and then they get the CHOP!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine both flowered a lot this Spring. They are just finishing flowering. They have a couple of cherries on them. I count two large ones. Lots of little cherries, a 100 maybe, seem to have started but are now dropping off. Since they flowered I'm guessing its not a chill problem. Maybe they just aren't established yet. I planted these trees in late Spring, so this is their second chance (second spring after planting) to fruit.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's pretty good PT - mine have also been in the ground for 2 winters, but only got a few flowers.....

Let us know what those 2 cherries taste like!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All mine flowered and is holding a few rapidly maturing fruit.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just tasted my first poorly formed and only cherry thismorning.
Pretty pitiful - not sweet and a bit bitter actually , but of course I know it's the first one so things can only get better, right????

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets hope! Ive been tossing around putting in about 30 more of these trees next winter........its a huge gamble because no one is for sure these trees will really produce well here. We rely on fruit and vegetable sales (we run a small farmers market operation) for a portion of our income so making a good choice here is really important. If it works ill have the only small commercial planting of cherries in the state, if not im out $1000 and years worth of waiting. I keep going back and forth. :/
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trees held those two cherries. One cherry on the Royal Lee and one on the Minnie Royal. They are a decent size and changing color. I probably should do something to make sure the birds don't get them, just to see what they taste like.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...hope they taste better than my one!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should have order "a cherries tree" instead of a "cherry tree". I have one cherry on each tree. Ha ha Very Happy Here they are. I netted them so I can see what they taste like before the birds get them. First one is Minnie Royale.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the Royal Lee.


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Dauntless



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:31 am    Post subject: Cherries Reply with quote

Well, they look good.

Do you think that some of the reason for your small crop could be due to our warm winter? I have several various fruit trees that had more flowers and then of course more fruit set last year. This year some trees that at least had some fruit have none.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I would expect the warm winter to discourage them. However, they did flower a lot, but a lot of the little fruit dropped. I would expect the warm weather to inhibit the flowering more than anything.
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