Sour Cherries Seeds or Prunus cerasus austera L ‘lutowka’ is a slow-growing often multi-stemmed tall tree attaining just 7-12 feet high and 7 feet wide.
Small Fruiting trees are highly sort after, particularly where space is limited and whilst a number of fruiting cherry tree varieties exist, this compact tree provides shade and shelter for neighborhood wildlife.
Adding a handful of cour cherries to our morning smoothie really packs a punch, they freeze well and make a great pie filling or warm compot.
Introduced to the US in the 1990s this is the most popular sour cherry ground originally from Europe where it is a popular Cherry for liquor and cordials.
Hardy in zones 3-8 I have a super maturing example of this small urban fruit tree in zone 7, they seed freely and I have several saplings that I hope to put for sale in the near future.
Patience is required as with many fruiting trees, these seeds have been stratified and chilled prior to posting this process should be adequate for you to sow the seeds immediately and await the appropriate season and tempertures for the seeds to germinate.
This cold period will improve germination and imitate a hard winter, breaking dormancy and encouraging the seed shell to soften allowing the emerging seed embryo to break free.
Leaving the seeds for at an additional few weeks will improve germination times and rates, removing the seeds from the fridge simple sow an inch deep along with the grit in soil-based seed compost, tray or square pots.
Germination will take anything from 30-365 days depending on growing conditions.
Once germinated grow on seedlings, keeping them moist, free from drafts, keep plants growing well-supported to encourage an upright stem or main trunk.
A growing tree will require a larger container size every 6 months for the first few seasons.
Once approx 6ft tall plant out in the trees final location, free from overhead power cables and buildings.
It is essential you provide the correct conditions to maximise germination
Freely self-pollinating and quickly produces large crimson red fruit within 2 to 5 years of sowing.