Carmine Jewell Cherry Yields increasing with age


#361

Your CP trees look very nice, Clark, you’re going to be very busy this year picking all those cherries.

I gave my Romeo and Juliet bushes about a 10ft space. Based on what your results are, that may have been a good idea. The Juliet is already over 4’ tall now, on 2nd leaf.


#362

Clark, I’ve got just one Juliet but so far it’s outgrown the CJ. It’s 2nd leaf this Spring and and actually had a moderate bloom and is setting fruit. Year 1 was slow at first, but a late Summer growth spurt took it to 5 feet. Surprisingly though, a month after it went into the ground it threw off a sucker that I foolishly tried to dig too soon and lost it. It put out a 2nd sucker late Summer that is now about 6" tall and already branching. How big should I let it get before I try to dig and move it? How old do the Cherry suckers get before they grow enough roots to go independent? Thanks!


#363

If they sprout in the spring and summer I leave them until the following year and dig them in the late winter/ spring. The suckers are very large and established in that time. Carmine Jewell seem to go through transplant shock worse than many bushes so larger amount of roots helps a lot.


#364

Glad you mentioned the transplant shock. When I bought the Carmine Jewels, they were 3 yr plants with heavy roots from HoneyberryUSA and the transplant shock was pretty obvious, while the smaller Juliet didn’t suffer at all. Thanks for the advice, I won’t consider moving the sucker until late Winter!


#365

What if you pruned after the harvest? Do you think the bush would have time to put on new growth for next year’s crop?


#366

I think I will keep the bush as is for now because I go more for fruit than ease of picking. As I age more I will do exactly what you said and shorten it up a bit. It might recover some growth after harvest but the bush will need to rest some as well.


#367

You could always try on just one bush or even one specific branch to see what results.

I would do it on my cherries but they are only on their third leaf. (though the larger two are both already over 6’)


#368

Has anyone tried putting a tarp on the ground and shaking the bushes to harvest them? They actually show a homemade harvester on the Michigan state page.


#369

Lilacs also form flower buds after flowering, so you prune right after flowering. I have cut lilac bushes in half after flowering and they flowered the next year. You have time after harvest, and I would think they would be fine.


#370

Has anyone tried Lutowka in addition to these cherries? I put in Romeo, Juliet, CP and Lutowka last year. We had a super wet season and I was afraid I lost the Lutowka toward the end, it was just a tiny stick to begin with. I think it’s going to live, but our snow is just melting so I will have to wait a bit more to see for sure. I see the Romeo and CP getting on it trying to swell (those were much larger). Just curious if anyone had compared Lutowka for taste and yield.


#371

I grafted Passion and CJ onto my Montmorency tree this weekend. Anyone try this before? Are they compatible? If it works I might save some montmorency seeds or try to root some cuttings and graft Juliet onto them in a couple years. Might make for an interesting tree!


#372

Makes me want to graft CP onto CJ to see if it’s more productive. Let us know how it goes, I’m interested in the results!


#373

Kinda funny, I actually just did that this morning. I grafted several small Crimson Passion sticks onto a small Carmine Jewel bush. I also grafted a few CP sticks onto a Mesabi tree today. I’ll probably do the same with some Romeos tomorrow. I did have one succesful Juliet graft take on a Carmine Jewel last year and it is probably 18" long now. Hopefully I can keep the rabbits away from it.


#374

CJ seedlings are poking through. Planted 2 rows of them last summer right after harvesting cherries.


#375

Thanks for posting this . I hope to get some fruit this year . I will be planting seed also . Mine are starting to drop petals . I should know soon . Bush is loaded with blossoms .


#376

A couple of weeks ago, I grafted Carmine Jewel and Crimson Paasion (Thanks @galinas) on my one and only Juliet. They are pushing buds now.


#377

I did it the other way around and put Montmorency on one of three trunks of my CP. I just did it so not sure how compatible, but I would think they would be. Reading the charts it looks like you can put sours on sweets too, but no sweets on sours. At least with the rootstocks. I wonder if CP would fruit better on different roots?


#378

This is what I’m hoping. In my location cp is not productive on it’s own roots. Hoping some extra hardiness carries through from the root!


#379

Fruitlets are developing quickly!


#380

No kidding. Those look great…!! I’m glad you are younger than me. What I see is a million cherries to pick and process. They sure will be nice come winter…!!