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    I planted four sweet cherry trees in the fall, two Black Tatarian and two Bing. They seem to be growing great is there anything special that should be done to them or just let'em go? They are about 3-4 ft tall right now.

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    Ruben

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruben View Post
    I planted four sweet cherry trees in the fall, two Black Tatarian and two Bing. They seem to be growing great is there anything special that should be done to them or just let'em go? They are about 3-4 ft tall right now.

    Thanks
    Ruben
    Generally fruit trees benefit from some species/cultivar specific pruning. There are several cherry pruning strategies depending on what you are trying to accomplish.

    http://www.hrt.msu.edu/department/Pe...Cherrytrng.htm
    http://www.hrt.msu.edu/department/Pe...Cherrtrng.html
    http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/h....html#training

    There are others, google is your friend.

    Keith
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    I second Keith's response. Pruning is critical for yield and vigor.

    Sure wish I could grow sweet cherries here. I did plant 8 of the "tart"
    variety this spring. [SIZE=-1]Montmorency is the variety of them.
    Most of the trees sold at local nurseries are not pruned. They want
    them to look good for sale. Typically a fairly radical pre-planting
    pruning is done on those. Like turning a 6 foot tree into a 4 footer.[/SIZE]

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    prepare to fight the Japanese Beetles:mad:
    they tear my cherry trees up
    I'm trying Neem Oil on em this year
    I think it might be helping, this is the time of year they get really bad

    Dave

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    Badminton racket.

    They make a nice "poing" sound

    Keith
    Bee Sting Honey - So Good, It Hurts!

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    The modified central leader methods works good for commercial operations. If you don't want to break out the ladder every time you're pruning, spraying, or picking then I would recommend pruning to maintain an open center like the links show for peaches. The first few years are the most important in my opinion. I pinch new growth during the spring and summer as necessary to establish the desired shape. I even save my old baling wire to steer the new shoots in the right direction while they're still green and supple.

    Good luck,
    ND

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