Asked March 9, 2015, 12:48 AM EDT

My husband likes Ranier Cherries and we would like to plant in South Salem. Where would I buy a tree? Do they do well here in the valley? Do they self-fertilizer? If not, then would I need two of the same type? Is there another plump sweet cherry that would do better here? How fast do they grow, etc.?

Marion County Oregon

1 Response

Yes, cherries grow well in the Willamette Valley. Ranier is not self-fertile. Look around your neighborhood, there might be other cherry trees around that will cross pollinate with your tree. If not, you will need to plant a Lapins or Sweetheart variety. I’m going to send you links to several OSU publications that should go a long ways to answering your cherry questions. “Growing Tree Fruits and Nuts in the Home Orchard”-- The next one is “Sweet Cherry Cultivars for the Fresh Market”-- . “Training and Pruning Your Home Orchard”-- “Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards”

Here’s a list of nurseries in the Salem area. I would also add Al’s Garden Center in Woodburn as a possible seller of Ranier cherries.