stopping a cherry tree from flowering/producing cherries
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
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.