When you think of growing cherries in Florida, you probably think of acerola cherries or perhaps Surinam cherries… not sweet northern cherries!
But… there may be hope!
As I wrote before, I’m working on growing cherries in Florida… and growing almonds in Florida… while keeping track of my results.
On March 28th, I planted two more trees.
Cherry Test Varieties:
1 Minnie Royal Cherry, Semi-Dwarf
1 Royal Lee Cherry, Dwarf
North Central Florida; Latitude: 29, Longitude: -82
Trees were shipped on 3/18 and arrived bareroot on 3/25. Both were planted 3 days later. Unfortunately, the trees were already budded out and both were water-stressed at the time of planting, so there’s some worry about their survival. Both trees roughly 5′ tall. Planted in sand.
Light dappled shade, Southeastern exposure. In order to maintain soil moisture, both trees have hoses at their bases constantly dripping a small amount of water.
Planters: David Goodman and Democritus “Jeffrey” Xenophon
Two of the previously planted cherry trees have not leafed out yet; however, all of the almonds have. Looking good so far…
UPDATE: For a further update on growing cherries in Florida, check out this post.