Cherries

We have 900 cherry trees, on Mazzard F12/1 rootstock and grown as bushes, which is similar to a vase-shaped tree, but with more limbs. This is to help keep the height of the trees down, and make as much fruit as possible pickable from the ground, for our pick-your-own customers.

In 2013 we planted a new cherry orchard to replace the previous orchard that was decimated by the floods of 2010/11. (Ironically, that orchard had been planted to replace an earlier cherry orchard that was lost to the 1984 drought!). Cherries are a risky crop to grow, being particularly vulnerable to rain, birds and earwigs. There's not much we can do about the rain, but we take steps to protect the crop from both birds and earwigs. The new orchard contains several varieties we haven't grown before, which is why not every entry has a photo (yet).

Picking dates can vary by up to two weeks from one season to another, depending on the conditions, but usually the order of ripening stays about the same. The dates given below are the average picking dates in Harcourt. Most varieties can be picked over a period of 2  weeks.

More information about each variety, including harvest dates, pollination information, production notes, chill hours, blossom time, origin and disease susceptibility and resistance (where known) are included in our Fruit Tree Database, accessible by members of the Grow Great Fruit program.

Bing Bing

Large dark red cherry.

Picking Dates: Late December

 

Black Douglas No photo yet, we haven't had fruit from these trees!

Very late season cherry.

Picking Dates: Mid January

 

Earlise No photo yet, we haven't had fruit from these trees!

 

Picking Dates: Mid November

 

Early Burlat Photo not yet available

A large red early cherry.

Picking Dates: Late November

 

Empress Photo not yet available

A dark, medium-sized early cherry.

Picking Dates: Late November

 

Lambert Lambert

Medium size red cherry, late season.

Picking Dates:  Late December

 

Lapins Lapins

Large mid-season heart shaped cherry.

Picking Dates: Late December

 

Merchant Photo not yet available

Large, dark red, heart shaped cherry.

Picking Dates: Late November

 

Morello

Small sour cooking cherry.

Picking Dates:  Mid December

 

Rainier Rainier

White flesh cherry with pinky red skin.

Picking Dates: Late December

 

Ron's Seedling Ron's Seedling

Old fashioned firm black cherry. .

Picking Dates: Early December

 

Sam Sam

Large slightly tart black cherry.

Picking Dates: Late December

 

Simone No photo yet as we haven't had fruit from these trees!

Large dark red cherry.

Picking Dates:  Late December

 

Stella Photo not yet available

A medium-large dark red cherry.

Picking Dates: Mid December

 

Sunburst No photo yet as we haven't had fruit from these trees!

Large red cherry.

Picking Dates:  Late December

 

Sweetheart No photo yet as we haven't had fruit from these trees!

Very late dark red cherry.

Picking Dates:  Mid January

 

Van Van

Medium to large, firm black cherry.

Picking Dates: Mid December

 

Venus Venus

Medium to large, luscious red cherry.

Picking Dates: Mid December

 

Vista No photo yet as we haven't had fruit from these trees!

Large dark red cherry.

Picking Dates:  Early December

 

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We – Hugh and Katie Finlay – draw on over 15 years' experience as orchardists at our farm, Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens, to bring you the Grow Great Fruit Program, the farm-proven system for home fruit growers.

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