How to grow: UC Backyard Orchard, Cherries
Pest management: Cherries
Summer pruning overview: It's Time to Prune Apricot & Cherry Trees
When to plant: January–early February
Harvest window: May–June, depending on variety
Fertilization: Nitrogen in spring and post-harvest, additional applications based on tree age, health, and soil quality
Annual care overview:
- Prune dead/disease branches, and roughly 10% of new growth, during dormancy (January–February)
- Monitor and control for common pests & diseases, such as brown rot, crown/root rot, and San Jose scale
Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*
Sweet Cherries: Bing, Black Tartarian, Coe’s Transparent, Craig's Crimson (self-fertile), Index (self-fertile), Lapins, Rainier, Republican (Black Republican or Black Oregon), Stella, and Van. Verify number of chill hours based on your location, and note that unless indicated, Sweet Cherries require a second pollinator - a compatible variety planted nearby or grafted onto the fruiting tree.
Sour Cherries: English Morello, Montmorency, and North Star.
* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.