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Proper fit and care for the columnar cherry

Yielding primacy in the gardens of apples, cherries, plums and pears, sweet cherry does not lag behind in the selection of new varieties. A special place is occupied by the columnar trees.

They allow you to get a good harvest in the cramped conditions of a small garden. On an industrial scale colony cherries show high results in intensive economic conditions.

Characteristics and features of the columnar cherry

The history of columnar trees began in Canada in 1964. It was then that a natural mutation of an apple tree was discovered on one of the farms, which formed the basis for selection. Work on the allocation and fixation of signs has received serious results in Europe.

Colony cherry is a tree in the form of a cylinder, which grows only up. The crown is formed by short lateral branches and does not exceed one meter in diameter. The peculiarity of the lateral branches in a large number of fruit shoots and the absence of strong branching.

Advantages and disadvantages of a columnar cherry

Colony cherry gives a lot of advantages in growing on the site, namely:

  1. Decorative. Trees will preserve the integrity of any landscape direction in the design area. Being a novelty in breeding, varieties do not leave indifferent among enthusiastic gardeners.
  2. Compactness. Cherry, due to the small diameter of the crown allow you to use less space under fruit trees. They are easy to process, crop and harvest.
  3. Skoroplodnost and taste. The varieties were bred with preservation of the basic taste characteristics of classic cherries. Technical ripeness in different varieties comes from the beginning to the end of June and allows you to enjoy vitamins at the beginning of summer.
Fruits of ripe colonic cherry

Planting colloid cherry

Saplings are available for sale in garden centers, in nurseries, through online stores. The choice is better to stop on the seller with a good reputation, which guarantees the compliance of the tree varietal characteristics. Personal inspection will avoid frustration. A good seedling has the following characteristics:

  1. The bud of the apical shoot is alive, without signs of damage.
  2. The barrel is flat, without curvature. The bark is smooth.
  3. On the roots there is no rot and dead tissue. The roots are alive.
  4. Leaves (if any) without damage and pests.

When purchasing several cherries, choose plants of the same age for the garden.

The landing itself depends on the region. In the northern regions of the autumn planting is not recommended: seedlings do not have time to take root and freeze. In the southern regions and central Russia can be planted in the fall and spring. Autumn planting is productive in the south: the tree takes root, passes the period of adaptation and is no longer sick in the spring.

When choosing a place, note that the columnar cherry:

  • afraid of the wind;
  • loves light, loose and nutritious soil;
  • prefers southern slopes with deep groundwater.

Landing:

  1. Two or three weeks before the purchase of seedlings, prepare a planting pit in a permanent place. The diameter is 80 cm. The depth is 70 cm. For several trees, the spacing between rows is 3 m. The distance between the seedlings of the columnar cherry is 1 m.
  2. Prepare and put a nutritious mix in a landing hole in a landing hole. This will require humus and black soil, respectively, 1 and 3 buckets, mixed with potash (16 g.) And phosphate (12 g.) Fertilizers.
  3. The roots of the seedling moisturize and spread on the hill of the nutrient mixture. Put a backup next. From above, not reaching 2 cm from the root collar, covered with earth. Lightly tamped.

Care and pruning

The complex of care measures includes watering, fertilizing and pruning.

Cane-shaped cherries are abundantly fruiting, therefore in a dry summer and the first two years after planting, it needs regular watering. In the first year it is necessary to remove all the ovaries to increase survival.

The barrel must be whitened with chalk or lime. This will protect against sunburn. Will help get rid of pests.

In spring, trees are fertilized with nitrogen-containing feedings, whenever possible of organic origin. In the fall, potash-phosphorus complexes are laid. Consumption should not exceed the recommendations of a particular manufacturer.

Flowering colony cherry

Agrotechnics implies the absence of weeds and full harvesting of plant residues in the fall.

Pruning of colloidal cherries has its own nuances:

  1. Classic schemes. Instead of increasing the number of shoots, it leads to their intensive growth. Summer bending is unproductive, as it reduces the winter hardiness of plants. Pinching side shoots is also pointless. This does not ensure their transformation into fruitful branches.
  2. Hedge. Productive only in the first few years of cultivation. Then there is a deterioration in taste and a decrease in yield due to the thickening of the crown.
  3. Cup shape. Permanent pruning of the upper branches and the formation of crown side shoots. Genetic tall cherries make such manipulations senseless and time-consuming.

To simplify the task of forming a columnar cherry can scheme:

1st year. Pinching side shoots at a distance of 10 cm from the main trunk. Top removal.

2nd year. Pinch the top when it grows centimeters at 30. Side shoots - at a level of 20 cm from the trunk.

3rd year. Top shoot pinch. Side branches cut at a distance of 30 cm from the main trunk.

4th year. Cut thin, shading the trunk twigs.

5th year and the next. Stop the growth of the tree up: constantly cutting off the top at the level of 2.5-3 meters depending on the variety.

The 6th and every three years after it cut the side shoots on the diameter of the moldable crown.

How does a sweet cherry breed?

At home, colony varieties of cherries multiply with:

  1. Inoculation As a stock, choose biennial cherry seedlings. Graft necessarily leave to grow with a few sprigs of rootstock.
  2. Underwire. The probability to save varietal characteristics is only 50%. Bones are sown in pots in loose, nutrient mixture with sand (1: 1). Sprouts are left in a warm place until May. Then planted in open ground. Cherry can be transplanted to a permanent place in a year, when the plant is stronger.
  3. Cuttings. Cut branches are treated with root formation stimulants and rooted in loose soil.

Popular varieties of columnar cherries

Superiority among the columnar cherry belongs to the varieties Helena and Sylvia. Sam, Little Sylvia, Queen Mary and Black are a bit behind. As one of the last generations in breeding, columnar cherries have a moderate winter hardiness and high skoroplodnost. Yield per tree is 12-15 kg.

Ripe sweet cherry ready to harvest

Helena

The ruby-red fruits of the columnar cherry Helena weigh on average 12-14 g. The variety is characterized as dessert. Juicy, half-chewed flesh is colored dark red with pink veins.

The maximum tree height is 3 m, the diameter of the crown is 1 m. Technical ripeness comes on June 20-22. Fruits 15-25 years.

Sylvia

According to taste, weight and appearance, Sylvia's columnar cherry fruits do not differ from the Helena variety. Dimensional signs are similar. However, the ripening dates come June 12-18. The tree retains a yield of 12-15 years.

Sam

The earliest variety is Sem. Fruits that look and taste similar to Sylvia and Helena cherries ripen on June 10-12, but have smaller sizes: 10-12 g. Trees do not differ in size. Fruits about 15 years. With the observance of agricultural technology - more.

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Little Sylvia

Reduced version of the Sylvia variety: tree height does not exceed 2 m. The crown does not grow beyond half a meter in diameter. Maturing term - the end of June. Fruits in all respects correspond to the variety Helena.

Other varieties

Gardeners are gaining popularity with the variety Queen Mary and Black Column Cherry. Trees do not exceed 2-2.5 m in height and 50 cm in width.

The colony cherry in the breeding process has acquired good selfing pollutants. Harvest can be increased by planting several trees next to each other. Universal pollinator is Sam.

Sam's Sweet Cherry Harvest

Susceptibility to diseases and pests

The average winter hardiness of the columnar sweet cherry will allow you to get the maximum result in the southern regions of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. The middle lane and the northern regions will require warming before the cold.

Breeding allowed us to obtain disease-resistant varieties, but the columnar cherry is still subject to:

  • brown and perforated spotting;
  • scab;
  • sulfur yellow and false tinder;
  • fungal and viral infections.

Like any fruit tree, the colony cherry is vulnerable to pests:

  • tracks;
  • weevils;
  • moth moth;
  • aphids.
To prevent infection, timely preventive spraying of trees with systemic insecticidal and fungicidal preparations, Bordeaux liquid, should be carried out.

Colony cherry is an excellent option to save space and extraordinary layout of the garden plot. In addition to the succulent dessert fruits in early summer, you will receive an ornamental-shaped tree with proper care.