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2014 New Sour Cherry Varieities

Sour Cherries

by Jean Atkinson, Richbar Golf and Gardens

The sour cherry has been available to the Northern gardener for many years. Iím sure many of you have a Montmorency growing in your garden. Sour cherries have come a long way in recent years thanks to the University of Saskatchewan. They have been developing many new varieties for both the commercial grower and the backyard gardener.

In 1996, Carmine Jewel was released and is still used in the commercial market. This sour cherry has many benefits over the older varieties. For one, it is classified as a large shrub. The 2 m. (6-7ft.) height makes it ideal for picking. No more teetering on the ladder. It can also be pruned into a tree form. The fruit is dark black and the colour continues all the way through the fruit. The pits are considered small, so more flesh than pit. Wait for the fruit to turn black before picking. If picked too early it wonít develop its true sweetness.

In 2004, the Romance series out of the University of Saskatchewan was released. This included, Romeo, Juliet, Cupid, Valentine and Crimson Passion. We have the following varieties: Carmine Jewel, Romeo, Cupid and Juliet. Romeo is very similar to Carmine Jewel but ripens much later. The flesh is very flavorful and is one the best for juice. Juliet is dark red with high sugar content and is one of the best for fresh eating. Cupid has the largest fruit of the series. The fruit is black to dark red and good for fresh eating.

You donít need lots of space for these fruit trees. They are ideal for the small garden and can be incorporated into the landscape. The white blossoms are very ornamental and will brighten up the background of a mixed planting or provide some height at the end of a foundation planting. Another bonus of this group of cherries is the fact that they are hardy to zone 2.

It usually takes a plant two to three years to settle in, put down roots and start producing a significant crop. And once you are tired of making pies, dry the remainder in the oven or a dehydrator for a very tasty treat.

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