Cherry Tree Rootstock options explained
Gisela 5 : Dwarf Cherry Rootstock giving a final height of 2.5 metres. Ideal for gardens and easier for bird protection.
Colt : Semi-Dwarf Cherry Rootstock giving a final height of 3.5 metres.
Hexaploid Colt :Very similar to Colt (3.5 metres) just a different rootstock.
F.12.1: : Will grow to 4m +
Bush : This means there are branches that start close to the bottom of the tree.
Patio : Very well suited for container growing on patio (others usually can be too, this one is just better for it)
Maiden : The tree is 1-2 years old.
Half-Standard : The lower branches have been pruned off to give a more conventional "lollipop" tree shape
Bare Root : The Cherry tree is sent between November and March without any soil around the roots and no pot. Generally purchased because they are cheaper.
All fruit trees certified virus free with a FREE FRUIT TREE WARRANTY. Most are UK seeds/grown with up to 4 years root and 2 years tree growth or more. Smaller rootstocks can bear fruit the first year. Looking to buy several fruit trees? Click here for our FREE FRUIT TREE OFFER. All basic pruning requirements completed before delivery.
Prunes Celeste Cherry Tree
Our Celeste Cherry is a large, dark red cherry of excellent eating quality. Ideally suited for growing on patios because of its compact growth form. In plain, non-gardening secret handshake lingo, this means it is smaller than many other of its cherry friends. An added bonus is that it is self-fertile and so does not require another cherry tree nearby to pollinate the blossoms to get cherries from it.
Compared to its cherry friends, the Celeste is less likely to contract typical cherry tree coughs and colds.
Even though our Celeste cherry tree is self fertile, yields maybe increased by planting another cherry tree of a different species close by. The Celeste is a little like a teenager on Sunday morning and slow to start bearing fruit. The smaller the rootstock you buy and the warmer and sunnier the spot you give it, the sooner you will have cherries. So if you live in Scotland and your natural flesh tone is blue then you will have a longer wait than your sun tanned counterparts in the South.
Another issue of weather is one of frost. If the blossoms are out and it is particularly frosty then this can wipe out your whole years crop. So if you live in a frost pocket, which is usually at the bottom of a valley, then you could have problems.
The Celeste cherries are not known for keeping well however pickling, preserving, jamming (fruit type not musical type) etc will keep you in cherries throughout the year.
Expect the Celeste white flowers/blossoms/blooms to make an appearance around April to May time with the fruit ripening in July provided the birds and neighbours in Ninja suits don't get at them first. The Celeste has "small stones" which in some Mafia films means something completely different. The Celeste cherry can be compared to some of our more "rotund" TV presenters in that there is a large amount of flesh.
Pruning should be minimal and ideally after it has fruited. You are aiming to take out diseased, dead and crossing cherry branches and trying to get as much sunlight and air into the canopy as possible. Hiring Polish workers to stand around your tree with mirrors and compressed air guns will not help!
Generally speaking, the Celeste cherry tree is a good pollinator for other cherry trees. If you would like to improve your yield then consider planting the following cherry trees close by, Black Oliver, Bullocks Heart, Hertford, Santina, Sandra Rose, Sonata, Sweetheart, Summer Sun. These are in the exact same flowering period as the Celeste cherry tree so if you have lazy bees, they can take their sweet time moving from one cherry tree to another accidentally pollinating away without a care in the World because both sets of cherry blossom will be open at the same time.
If you want a larger choice of pollination partners then you can go for Merla, Smoky Dun, Stella, Skeena, Sunburst, Mumfords, Merton Glory, Merpet, Lapins and Petit Noir. This flower just before and just after the Celeste cherry tree blossom.
Plant in well drained and fertile soil in a full sun position. The more sun the better.
Type of Cherry: Eating
Picking Period: Early July
Self-Fertile/Not Self-Fertile: This cherry is self fertile
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See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Prunus Celeste Cherry Trees
Hello Alan, The trees are great and I have recommended you to my neighbours so that my newly purchased trees have some more friends and can glance in a neighbourly fashion at each other over the fence knowing they came from the same origins and share some common parentage. I am looking forward to seeing the trees increasing in height, gaining new leaves and spreading their branches.Best wishes Shirley 0918
Quick Fruit Tree Links
Take a look at our TOP SELLING FRUIT TREES, Wet ground issues then choose a PEAR TREE first, followed by APPLE TREES. For more information on pollination please look at POLLINATION EXPLAINED or choosing the CORRECT POLLINATION PARTNER
Fruit Tree Life Expectancy
Most fruit trees will give you AT LEAST 40 years of fruit. Pears can go to 70. Records of 200 year old trees exist but this is the exception, not the rule.
Do I Need To Stake My Bare Root Fruit Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
Growing Our Trees In The UK
To date, we have checked the passports of our trees and none seem to have sneaked off for non UK holidays so all are UK grown.
Cherry Tree Fruit Splitting
Cherries will split because of too much water. When it rains the roots take up water and as the air is humid, does not allow the cherry to "breathe". With container grown cherry trees, you can place an umbrella (we kid you not) over the tree to control watering to a better degree. If you find your garden planted cherry tree regularly has split cherry fruits, consider improving drainage close to the tree e.g. soakaways.
Planting Your Cherry Tree
Dig a hole three times wider than the pot in came in but just as deep. Place your cherry tree in the middle and fill with the remaining soil. If soil quality is in doubt, mix the excavated dirt with well rotted manure or compost to a 50:50 ratio. Water well (1-3 times a week depending on weather) for the next few weeks. Do not add fertilizer to the removed earth as the roots need to be encouraged to spread out. Do not plant if the ground is frozen or waterlogged.
Planting Bare Root Cherry Trees
Soak the Cherry tree roots in a bucket of water for a few hours. Dig a hole wider than the rootball. Make a mound in the middle of the hole to support the centre of the cherry tree rootball whilst allowing you enough room to trail the roots out. The more you can spread them out the better. The previous dirt line on the tree will be evident, the mound needs to be large enough to ensure this is in line with the top of the hole. Placing a piece of straight wood across the whole gives you something to check alignment with. Basically don't plant the Cherry tree any deeper than what it was before it was rudely hauled out of the ground. Fill the voids with the fine earth first, you are aiming to eliminate all or most of the voids. Gently compress to firm the earth but not compact it. Do this in layers around 4-6 inches at a time.
Cherry Tree Aftercare
Add a mulch layer. This is to prevent weeds and grass competing for nutrients within a 1m or 3ft radius around the tree. Use gravel, mulch mats, manure, bark or whatever you want to block the light getting through. Do not use herbicides on or near a young tree.
Before new leaves appear in Spring, apply a Nitrogen/Potassium/Phosphorous fertilizer although they mainly need Nitrogen. Nettle compost soups are a cheap way of achieving this albeit labour intensive.
Container Growing Cherry Trees
One of the biggest problems you will have with container growing cherry trees is lack of water. If the soil is dry around 15cm or 6 inches into the soil it is time to water. We use a soil moisture meter because we are lazy, cautious and love gadgets.
Birds And Cherry Trees
There are many methods of deterring birds from eating your beloved cherry crop from threatening to sue them in bird court for theft to painting each cherry with lemon juice but by far the most effective method is to surround the tree with netting.