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vstolbi

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Anyone have luck with sweet cherries in West coast zone 8?
« on: February 16, 2021, 10:37:43 AM »
The information I've found online was limited. I've seen a few never varieties that seem to be able to be grown even down in Florida but wanted to ask nonetheless. Never seen anyone with an older tree.

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Re: Anyone have luck with sweet cherries in West coast zone 8?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2021, 05:03:35 PM »
Why do you think it would be a problem to grow cherries in zone 8?

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Re: Anyone have luck with sweet cherries in West coast zone 8?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2021, 08:30:34 PM »
They grow(and fruit) fine in zone 10 here if you get the low chill Minnie royal, royal Lee combo.  Zone 8 should not have problems with lack of chill hours.  Maybe there's some other issues in your area like humidity or something that makes it harder to grow. 
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Re: Anyone have luck with sweet cherries in West coast zone 8?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2021, 09:20:44 PM »
They grow(and fruit) fine in zone 10 here if you get the low chill Minnie royal, royal Lee combo.  Zone 8 should not have problems with lack of chill hours.  Maybe there's some other issues in your area like humidity or something that makes it harder to grow.

We have not been very successful here in Florida 9b even with the low chill varieties. I think it is due to a number of factos relating to our humidity (ie insect borne diseases and fungal problems). I believe that brown rot has been a problem on the east coast even where they get more chill.

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Re: Anyone have luck with sweet cherries in West coast zone 8?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2021, 10:14:51 PM »
I don't know a single person growing sweet cherries here in NC. And apparently it's hit on miss from what I've read in forums elsewhere:  https://www.houzz.com/discussions/1826093/will-cherry-trees-grow-in-nc

How does the flavor of Minnie royal and royal lee compare to bing?

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Re: Anyone have luck with sweet cherries in West coast zone 8?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2021, 11:46:20 PM »
They taste like cherries.  I dont know if the store bought ones are bing but its basically like what you get from the store but maybe slightly smaller fruit size.   I dont get to eat many, my kids go nuts for the cherries and eat them all.  Ive also got a royal crimson that hasn't fruited yet but hopefully this year.  We had a Lapins tree that didn't grow well and never bloomed so I top worked that one with Minnie royal, royal Lee a few weeks ago. 

My 6 year old helped top work the tree, he went and got a big scion off his favorite tree.  I'm not sure if it was Minnie royal or royal Lee but he knows which tree makes the good cherries.


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