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cherries in san diego what?
« on: May 08, 2021, 11:30:44 PM »
these actually grow really easy here but Im super excited for them.  My kids love them and the trees are LOADED this year!  they are royal lee and munnie royal and royal crimson.  All 3 are fruiting here very heavy fruitset. if you live in southern ca, these are awesome trees.




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Re: cherries in san diego what?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2021, 12:15:18 AM »
That looks awesome, Brad. I wanted to espalier a Royal Crimson along a concrete wall we have but was too concerned about the heat. But, of they are flourishing there, I'm sure they can handle the heat here!

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2021, 12:34:09 AM »
Cherries like the heat.  Yeah they need some cold to trigger flowering but they grow great during summer when its hot.  They grow them in the central valley near Fresno where is crazy hot.  The cherry harvest will be done here in a few weeks then these things will put on 4-5ft of growth.  Its probably the most vigorous trees I have so plant with caution they want to get giant. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2021, 12:50:45 AM »
I didnít know we could grow cherry here.
I got 3 trees this year because of you.

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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2021, 12:53:39 AM »
They grow well, less chill requirement than most of the pluots and apricots.  Next winter I'm going to try and source a few cherry rootstocks and grow more they are so good, can't have too many cherries. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2021, 03:28:47 AM »
Yep, can't get a standard rootstock here! I've been looking at the dawrf/semi-dwarf rootstocks that may grow slowly enough for me to train at a manageable level.

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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2021, 10:37:22 PM »
ill check what rootstocks my trees are on and post them. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2021, 11:48:38 PM »
Looks really nice, Brad.

They grow well here in Bakersfield as well, I have to fight off the birds and squirrels. It's a constant struggle.

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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2021, 09:02:06 PM »
Very nice trees Brad! Those things are beauties.

Question for you stone fruit experts: Iíve Got two cherry rootstocks growing out of one 15g pot, both rootstocks have Royal Lee and Minnie Lee grafted onto them. Is it better to separate them now or when they go dormant?


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Re: cherries in san diego what?
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2021, 03:34:28 PM »
have some trees a little further inland, maybe 10 or 20 miles south of Irvine, and they are very reluctant to fruit.
The Royal Lee have not fruited yet, even after 5 years. One of the Royal Minnie is grafted onto the top of a Bing cherry and the tree has reached a medium big size. This year I got one single cherry fruit on it, which looks like it will ripen. This is the first fruit so far that hasn't dropped. I also got a small bunch of maybe 7 cherries on another Royal Minnie tree in a container that is in mostly shade. It's base rootstock was overgrown and the suckers needed to be cut off, and the top grafted part of the cherry did not look so good; it might have only sent out fruit because it was under severe stress and dying. The cherry fruits were small and looked like not a lot of vigor went into creating them, like they began overripening before the cherries had fully matured, although the flavor was just okay.
Maybe when the trees get bigger and a colder winter than usual comes along there will be more luck.

The area is in solid zone 10 (on the border between 10a/10b).

The Royal Lee trees seems to be growing just between okay and good.
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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2021, 07:16:20 PM »
my house is 16 miles inland 1150ft elevation in the hot part of san diego county.  Cherries are not a problem here.  Another mwmber on this forum I know lives nearby in Poway also had tons of cherries on his minnie royal, royal lee.
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2021, 01:30:15 PM »
Cherries like the heat.  Yeah they need some cold to trigger flowering but they grow great during summer when its hot.  They grow them in the central valley near Fresno where is crazy hot.  The cherry harvest will be done here in a few weeks then these things will put on 4-5ft of growth.  Its probably the most vigorous trees I have so plant with caution they want to get giant.
Monday we hit 108. All the cherries in our area have responded in kind and I swear they grew a foot overnight.

I grafted some cherries I got from you on my pluot and my 4 in 1 cherry last year and they are producing like mad already, thought they have a tendency to create 'double' cherries.

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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2021, 01:53:46 AM »

Quote from: spaugh
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these actually grow really easy here but Im super excited for them.  My kids love them and the trees are LOADED this year!  they are royal lee and munnie royal and royal crimson.  All 3 are fruiting here very heavy fruitset. if you live in southern ca, these are awesome trees.





Do you sell scions or know a good place to buy them? Having been trying to find good lowchill stonefruit for socal.

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Re: cherries in san diego what?
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2021, 10:26:58 AM »
So cal Maybe you should get a few native cherry seeds eventually graft yours onto them.

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*link I saved 5 years ago (I like your plants like Ocean spray (in Apple/ rose family)
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https://fourthcornernurseries.com/plant/prunus-emarginata/
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https://calscape.org/loc-California/Prunus%20(all)?newsearch=1&srchcr=sc60d81b4464f26
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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2021, 10:00:30 PM »

Quote from: spaugh
link=topic=43803.msg428188#msg428188 date=1620531044
these actually grow really easy here but Im super excited for them.  My kids love them and the trees are LOADED this year!  they are royal lee and munnie royal and royal crimson.  All 3 are fruiting here very heavy fruitset. if you live in southern ca, these are awesome trees.





Do you sell scions or know a good place to buy them? Having been trying to find good lowchill stonefruit for socal.

Yes I do sell lots of low chil stone fruit I have all the good ones.  It's best to do the grafting in January or February.  If you ask me at that time I will have them.
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Re: cherries in san diego what?
« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2021, 05:41:59 PM »
Do you know what would work on apricot rootstock? This is for top working an old apricot tree