Cherry harvesting

Asked June 18, 2020, 11:26 AM EDT

We have an old Rainier cherry tree. It is loaded with cherries but so many are very high up and unreachable. Can we harvest by cutting off the small fruit laden branches? An early pruning so to speak?

Benton County Oregon

1 Response

By doing so you will be eliminating fruiting wood that will take three years to replace. Have you tried the basket fruit pickers? I have seen them at box stores, they consist of wire or mesh baskets on the end of a pole (some telescoping) with fingers around the rim.

But, the pruning would not hurt the tree as long as some canopy remains. In fact, cherry growers sometimes do summer pruning to avoid disease.