Cherries

Our collection of cherry trees includes more than 20 varieties. Some of the collection is in the working orchard managed by Ant Wilson (Tellurian Fruit Gardens), and some in Carr's Organic Fruit Tree Nursery. Trees are on Mazzard F12/1 rootstock and grown as bushes, which is similar to a vase-shaped tree, but with more limbs. This system helps to keep the height of the trees down and keep the fruit more accessible from the ground.

We're pleased to bring you information about some of the most popular varieties and hope you find it useful.  Cherries are a risky crop to grow, being particularly vulnerable to rain, birds and earwigs. There's not much you can do about the rain, but we share all our tips and tricks for protecting your precious crop from both birds and earwigs, as well an extensive Fruit Tree Database, in our Grow Great Fruit home-study program.

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

 

About Us

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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We grow organically, and teach organic growing principles and methods. We’re aware of the changing climate, so the farming methods we use help to create solutions, not add to the problem. We've poured years of experience into our farm-tested Grow Great Fruit program after talking to hundreds of home growers, and figuring out what you need most...information, security, and someone you can trust to help you solve your problems.

 

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