Planting Cherry Trees
I live in St Mary's county. I want to plant a couple sour cherry trees. I have been given two recommendations, Montmorency and Dwarf North Star. Do you agree with those recommendations or do you have a better recommendation. I'm looking for something easy to grow. I have very little experience with fruit trees. I have mostly clay soil. What would I need to do to the soil to give the cherry tree's a good chance of surviving and thriving? Finally, do you know of any nursery's in Maryland that sell these tree's? Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
St. Mary's County Maryland
To grow stone fruits successfully, you must grow healthy plants and anticipate and manage problems or prevent them altogether. In general, sour cherry trees are susceptible to the same insects and diseases as sweet cherries. However, sour cherries are less susceptible to brown rot disease.
The two varieties you mentioned are recommended varieties. Take a look at our website and publication for planting information and a list of nurseries. You may have to call local nurseries to see if they stock them. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/stone-fruit-peaches-cherries-plums-apricots-nectarines