Just want to share with your my experience with Black Gold, a sweet cherry.
Planted in 2010 on a Gisela 5. I topped it off at 6 ft, easy to net.
It flowered and fruited since2013 and has been very productive since then.
Its biggest issue in my humid Northeast is brown rot. BR has gotten worse each year. I lost almost all crop last year to rot. Cracking can be an issue if it rains after a couple of weeks of dry weather, esp. around a harvesting time.
This year I decided to spray Indar against BR, only once, 3 weeks before harvest. Yesterday I harvest the first batch of almost 7 lbs of 99% clean Black Gold cherries. I have probably 10+ lbs on this small tree. That’s the good news.
Not too good news? It tastes mildly sweet with brix only around 12-14. The fruit were fully ripe. We had almost no rain a few week prior to harvesting. My lawn was crisp and brown. The weather is ideal to sweeten the fruit. The texute is soft, disappointment to me who prefer sweet and crunchy cherries like Bing or Rainier. So BG does not live up to my expection.
I have said it a few times that my home grown fruit should have overall quality better than that of store boght fruit. BG does not, not to me.
I brought all BG to the family cookout yesterday. Family members politely ate a few and went on to finished my store bought Rainier
Many of your may like BG. I just want to share my experience.