My husband likes Ranier Cherries and we would like to plant one....live 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.?
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”-- https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/files/project/pdf/ec819.pdf The next one is “Sweet Cherry Cultivars for the Fresh Market”-- https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/files/project/pdf/pnw604.pdf . “Training and Pruning Your Home Orchard”-- https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/pnw400. “Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards”https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/files/project/pdf/ec631.pdf
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. http://www.yellowpages.com/salem-or/nurseries-plants-trees