Planting Cherry Trees

Asked April 28, 2020, 11:32 AM EDT




I am planting a cherry tree orchard in Detroit, Michigan. I am confused about how deep to plant the tree.
I have ten Santina sweet cherry trees on Mazzard rootstock. Should I plant the graft above or below the soil?

Thanks,

Gary Gray



Wayne County Michigan

2 Responses

Gary, thank you for the question. There is probably not a best answer but according to MSU the first lateral roots should be about 1.5 to 2 inches below the soil line making the graft about 1 to 2 inches above the soil line. This is stated in the first link below. Check out the following links:
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/planting_fruit_trees
https://extension.unh.edu/resource/growing-fruits-growing-plums-cherries-and-apricots-nh-home-orchards-fact-sheet
https://web.extension.illinois.edu/fruit/tree.cfm?section=tree
I hope this is helpful,

Thanks, Barry. The informaion was helpful.