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Cherries Ag facts
Cherries are members of the Rose family.
Cherries were first brought to California by the Spanish missionaries for their gardens.
Although capable of reaching 50 feet, commercial cherry trees are maintained 12 to 15 feet in height.
The most popular eating varieties are Bing, Ranier, Lambert, Brooks and Tulare
The most popular eating varieties are Bing, Ranier, Lambert, Brooks and Tulare.
Cross-pollination is absolutely essential for production and a pollinator variety (Burlat, Van, or Tartarian) is required to ensure fruit set. One pollinator tree is planted for every 9 cherry trees.
Sweet cherries require only about 2 to 3 months from bloom to harvest.
Sweet cherries are harvested by hand.
Cherries should be picked when firm, but not hard, to reduce bruising.
Most sweet cherries are grown in Washington, California, and Oregon.
San Joaquin County is the number one cherry growing county in California, producing over half of the cherries in the State.
Cherries grow best in sandy loam soils and cooler, drier climates.