stopping a cherry tree from flowering/producing cherries

Asked July 17, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

My cherry tree (here when I bought the property) is maybe 30+ feet and produces tons of cherries. However, the cherries always have worms. Is there something I can do to prevent it from flowering/producing cherries - only until I can afford to have it sprayed / pruned by a professional tree service?

Salt Lake County Utah trees and shrubs cherry trees

1 Response

Your cherries are most likely infested with cherry fruit fly larvae. Unfortunately, there is no chemical that will prevent the tree from flowering and setting a crop. Follow this link to learn more about cherry fruit fly. http://insect.pnwhandbooks.org/tree-fruit/cherry/cherry-western-cherry-fruit-fly. please note that in order to control CFF you will need to spray the tree every 7-10 days from late May until harvest. You might want to consider removing the tree if you're not prepared to spray the tree on a regular basis.