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- Position: full sun
- Soil: deep, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Ultimate size on Colt rootstock : 6 x 6m (20x20ft)
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
An exceptional, self-fertile, sweet cherry with large dark red or black fruit. White flowers appear in mid-spring, followed by delicious, juicy cherries which are ready for picking in late July. It is a vigorous grower, starting with an upright habit, spreading as it matures. An early and prolific cropper, that will usually start to crop within 2 - 3 years. It also makes a good pollinator for other cherries.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.
Stone fruits like the cherry should be lightly pruned in the summer because they are prone to a disease called Silver Leaf which enters through cuts. If you prune in late summer, the sap is slowing but is still running fast enoughenough to seal up any wounds. Lighlty prune to retain shape and remove any damaged, diseased or broken branches.
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I am interested in buying this cherry tree and wanted to know what the difference is between the Colt and Gisela?
I have a large garden and am looking for this to fruit asap to fill a gap. Would this come as a bareroot at this time of the year or is it sent as a small tree?
SandraAsked on 26/11/2013 by Sandy from Winchester
These cherries are grafted and Colt and Gislea 5 are the root stocks they are grafted onto. It will not have a significant impact on how long they take to produce they fruits, which should be within 3 - 5 years, but it will determine their eventual height. Those plants grafted onto Gisela 5 root stock are compact and have an eventual height and spread of 3.5m, while those on Colt root stock are larger and grow to 6 x 6m. Finally, at this time of the year we sell both bare root and pot-grown plants. We do stipulate which is which next to the buy button.Answered on 26/11/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Would I be successful growing this in a container?Asked on 14/3/2013 by Miss Bloom from Oxford
This cherry is grafted onto a colt rootstock, so has an eventual height and spread of around 5m. Ideally, if you want to keep one in a large pot, your best option would be to choose a tree that is grafted onto Gisela 5 or G5 rootstock. This will produce a tree with an eventual height of just 2.5 - 3m tall. Unfortunately we do not have any cherries grafted onto this at the moment, but it may be worth checking back with us in autumn.Answered on 15/3/2013 by Anonymous
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