Rainier Cherry

Asked May 3, 2019, 1:08 PM EDT

My cherry tree had a wonderful bloom this year, then all the blossoms turned brown and very few cherries...... Its the second year in a row now...... what is causing this???? Should I be concerned?
Thank you

Douglas County Oregon

1 Response

If it was cool and wet during bloom it is difficult for the bees to pollinate the flowers. Since Rainier cherry needs another variety to supply pollen, the bees may not have done their job. Another possible problem, although less likely, is the cool wet weather allowed a fungus to hit the flowers and cause them to turn brown and fall. I am assuming that you do have another cherry tree near to allow the cross pollination. Bing, Royal Anne, and Stella provide good pollen for Rainier.