Growing cherry trees bursting with fruit | Growing fruit and veg | Gardening Australia

Growing cherry trees bursting with fruit | Growing fruit and veg | Gardening Australia

How to grow loads of cherries, keep the trees from getting too big, and encourage fruit growth rather than leafy growth.

In Victoria’s Yarra Valley with a view of the Warramate Hills, 20,000 cherry trees are thriving. There are 38 different varieties that ripen at slightly different times, and Jane is here for picking time, which lasts from early November to late December.

Peter Foster has been a fruit grower all his working life and manages this 50-hectare property. As a commercial crop, they are known to be difficult to grow with too much rain causing the fruit to split. Cherry growers go to a lot of trouble to keep their cherries dry to prevent this water damage, even using helicopters to dry them off.

The cherries are picked by hand before moving to an automated sorting machine that washes the fruit and trims the stems. Cameras take 3 photos of each cherry to monitor colour, size and defects and they’re monitored by hand to ensure strict quality control. They are then packed into boxes, ready for sale.

Peter says the trees aren’t too thirsty, with a good drink once a week enough for the backyard cherry, and “you want it to stress a little bit to get the cherries on it… treat them a bit mean” as lots of water will produce lots of green growth but won’t encourage prolific fruiting. Chill factor is also important, with the trees requiring “700 hours of 8 degrees and lower” over winter to set fruit.

Cherry ‘Lapins’ is a good choice for the home gardener as it is self-pollinating, readily available, and easy to grow without a trellis in the right conditions. Peter recommends planting trees in July when they are dormant and giving a hard prune back to 5-centimetre-long branches to encourage shorter, bushier plants where you can reach the fruit.

In spring and autumn, they feed with pelletised chicken manure and cover the soil with tree prunings and straw mulch.

Featured Plants
Cherry ‘Lapins’ Prunus avium cv.

Filmed on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country / Yarra Valley, Victoria
Jane Edmanson

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  1. Nirmal on May 10, 2021 at 12:59 am

    This farmer look not Happy, could be of losses from the farming.

  2. AA Home Gardening on May 10, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Those plants are loaded with cherries, lovely

  3. Robert Brawley on May 10, 2021 at 1:03 am

    At the 4:45 ttimestamp did he say " cut the tree at the 50 millimeter height? I’m from the US and metric system and Australia accent is strange to me .

  4. BazMel14 on May 10, 2021 at 1:04 am

    I was disappointed that there was no information about any pests and how to control.

  5. Pink Cats on May 10, 2021 at 1:11 am

    ❤ 🍒 most I’ve seen wow

  6. mr.BigShot on May 10, 2021 at 1:13 am

    I thought his spit went down from his lip

  7. PHILIP MATHEW on May 10, 2021 at 1:13 am

    Is it possible to grow cherry in tropical climate?

  8. fishingphill on May 10, 2021 at 1:14 am

    When he first says cut back to 50mm does he really mean 50cm? There’s no way the first cut is 50mm off the ground. So is it 50cm & then 50mm above that cut? Cheers

  9. desmondou on May 10, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Good information feel sorry for the losses he suffers

  10. Linda Schrump on May 10, 2021 at 1:16 am


  11. Aji Setiawan on May 10, 2021 at 1:16 am

    I don’t know why, but she looks like her Majesty.

  12. John TC on May 10, 2021 at 1:19 am

    I have cherry tree probably 6 ft tall. I don’t know what type cherry is. On March it produce flowers. Till now I don’t see cherry. But grow another branch instead cherry. There are many bright red dots all over the branches. Anyone know what is it?

  13. ken tate on May 10, 2021 at 1:19 am

    would love to camp there for a weekend, nothing better than a bing cherry

  14. Edmilson Pimenta - Dimi on May 10, 2021 at 1:20 am

    I Love cherry

  15. AA Home Gardening on May 10, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Cherries are so good
    My favourite is Barbados Cherry

  16. BOU DARA on May 10, 2021 at 1:21 am

    cherries is my favorite fruite .

  17. TMS Vlog on May 10, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Wounderful sharing, Thank you.

  18. desmondou on May 10, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Great info

  19. Muhammad Saleem on May 10, 2021 at 1:27 am

    Wao cherys. Ziarat cherys, l m from pakistan

  20. KALERA FRUIT FARMS on May 10, 2021 at 1:28 am

    so excited to see what type of environment is required for cherry growth

  21. MareeFNV2109 on May 10, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Omg!!! No wonder cherries are expensive, need a helicopter to blow dry the trees!!😊😎😀interesting!!!! Love it

  22. Suspendthiscommunistyoutube on May 10, 2021 at 1:30 am

    2:12 beautiful girl

  23. TIHOMIR VRANIC on May 10, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Why they are so expensive…

  24. Sridevi Meka on May 10, 2021 at 1:34 am

    I live in Sydney– Where can i buy cherry plant’s?

  25. Tawasul Hussain on May 10, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Mashallah Allah ki shan💫

  26. Alan Shrimpton on May 10, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Hmmm. I wonder if my plum has the same problem. I keep pruning and it keeps growing but no fruit.

  27. Hai Vo on May 10, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Đi lượm mót ăn thôi

  28. Linda Schrump on May 10, 2021 at 1:35 am


  29. Melicoy on May 10, 2021 at 1:35 am

    FYI June is WINTER in the South Hemi. So when he says plant and prune in June. THATS winter for us up north !!!! Plant and prune in Nov.

  30. Jasim Kha on May 10, 2021 at 1:35 am

    এই জন্যেই তো এত দাম। গরীবদের ক্রয়খমতার বাহিরে।

  31. DUNCAN ROBINSON on May 10, 2021 at 1:36 am

    I live in the Manchester area in England and I grow cherries on my allotment, but I have found the best way to keep the birds off is to grow them inside a polytunnel and choose varieties on the dwarfing ‘Gisela 5’ rootstock. I have the old variety ‘Early Rivers’ raised in the Victorian period – it is a very large red cherry and very tasty, totally unlike anything you buy in the shops.

  32. vam pire on May 10, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Hi Grandma🥰

  33. Daniel Djakovic on May 10, 2021 at 1:40 am

    So cutting the tree back is it so it grows new branches?? What is it called? Ill like more info on this

  34. dhruve singh on May 10, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Can someone tell me the scientific name of that cherryies plz…

  35. Mick Carson on May 10, 2021 at 1:43 am

    But you dont mention the mess the birds do? Picking on cherries. How do you avoid them when I have one cherry tree that these urban pests on wings are making mince meat out on my fruit, including Persimmons?

  36. Burn Dog Australia on May 10, 2021 at 1:43 am

    We had girls work on the farm with their lippy and make-up on too

  37. jessi perry on May 10, 2021 at 1:44 am

    very nice trees

  38. Chris M on May 10, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Very educational video. AND very useful tips for me. Thank you.

  39. Linda Schrump on May 10, 2021 at 1:44 am


  40. Jo Lo on May 10, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Wonderful advice!

  41. CherryFarm pruning & grafting on May 10, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Nice orchard 😀

  42. Geriann Roth on May 10, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Is this a very low chill cherry variety which would grow in the tropics like Barbados West Indies?

  43. Open Heart on May 10, 2021 at 1:46 am

    Increase soil Calcium helps stop fruit from cracking.

  44. Wawa Willegers on May 10, 2021 at 1:46 am

    This is brilliant plans/business to develop. Beautiful for the eyes to see, good for the environments and healthy for our diet. Wish the government fund small businesses to grow fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and beans instead of livestocks.
    From animal lover, vegan and love nature.

  45. F bomb fishing on May 10, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Are there any types of cherry trees that will grow in warmer climates ?

  46. Milka - Americus on May 10, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Would the cutting back of the cherry trees count for grafted mini cherries too?

  47. Rick Manyo on May 10, 2021 at 1:49 am

    My "dwarf" cheery tree was the worst tree I ever planted. Grew to fifty feet and it’s shallow root system sent up suckers. After mowing the lawn, I would have hundreds of tooth picks sticking up all over the yard. When my dog or I would step on them, it would hurt like…

    Also, if I didn’t spray it four times a year, fruit would be full of worms. But the hundreds of birds don’t care. They also don’t seem to care about the cheery induced bird diarrhea they leave everywhere.

  48. evan on May 10, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Dang… my cherry had two branches from below the graft that I missed so I cut those off during July planting. But now it’s December and the tree is just a straight 2m with no developed branches. So if I do the Summer pruning as he suggests, I’ll be removing 3/4 of the tree and only have a little stick poking out…

  49. ron festa on May 10, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Me thinketh so many cherries and yet., so………expensive!@!??😝🤪😎

  50. Kashmir Movie Production Dadyal Mirpur on May 10, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Nice video sharing 🌷

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