Grafted Cherry Tree

Asked April 29, 2016, 4:46 PM EDT

My grafted cherry trees look nice. However, I did not get many blooms. I can only remember seeing three flowers. What should I do to get more blooms and more fruit?

Prince George's County Maryland fruit no blooms cherry tree

1 Response

There may be several reasons for few blooms. You did not mention if the cherry tree is a sweet or tart cherry. Sweet Cherry trees are self-unfruitful and require pollen from another variety within 100 feet to produce a good crop. If this is the case, you may need another variety that blooms at the same time. Tart cherries are self-fruitful.
Poor pollination - bee activity is low during cool wet weather.
Maturity - you did not mention the age of the tree. Sweet cherries begin bearing fruit in 4-7 years. Tart cherries 3-5.
Spraying insecticides during bloom and overuse of nitrogen fertilizers prior to bloom period. Also, severe pruning and stressful conditions such as drought, low temperatures, and wind will reduce the number of blooms.

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