In order to eat fresh cherries in the summer months, as well as prepare compotes and berry jam for the winter, you need to know how to care for cherriesto get a rich harvest.
Caring for cherries is no different from caring for other fruit trees. For successful growth and fruiting, cherries need:
- loosening the soil;
- timely watering;
- regular pruning;
- protection from pests and diseases.
You should also take into account such a feature of cherries as early flowering. Often at this time, spring frosts are observed, which have a very unfavorable effect on cherry flowers.
To prevent early flowering, cover the soil in the root zone of the cherry with a thick layer of snow, and mulch on top with light mulch, for example, sawdust or small straw. With such a shelter, cherry blossoms can be pushed back by about a week, which will help prevent flowers from falling under frost.
How to care for cherries so that they bear fruit better?
This requires the introduction of nutrients, since cherries require a significant amount of them during fruiting. Fertilization is organized in a fractional way.
When digging up the soil in the fall, phosphorus and potash fertilizers are applied, and nitrogen fertilizers, for example, urea and ammonium nitrate, are applied in the spring under each cherry bush.
Cherry tolerates drought well, but if you water it regularly, it reacts to such watering with an increase in the mass of fruits and an increase in yield. The optimal amount of water for irrigation is from 3 to 6 buckets for each cherry bush.