Cherries

Sneakers

Just sneakin' around....
The PNW has taken a big bashing politically, but the cherries from there this year have been outstanding. I've been buying them since the first of the season, and every single bag has been great. Sweet, firm, really good, and have been on sale a lot. I haven't thrown out one single berry out of any bag so far.

I even went so far as to look up propagating the seeds, and whether they'd make fruit. They do, so I have a number of seeds in stratification now.
 

UglyBear

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I even went so far as to look up propagating the seeds, and whether they'd make fruit. They do, so I have a number of seeds in stratification now.
i had heard (probably wrongly) that commercial cherry trees are just like commercial apple and pear trees, cuttings of one tree from long ago grafted onto seed-grown stumps.
This guarantees consistency, but because all the commercial trees are basically genetically identical clones, they all can be taken out by a bug to which they don’t have resistance.
Your cherries grown from seed, just like any wild-bred living thing, might be just like its mother cherry, or could have completely unexpected fruit.

Hey, if the new ones are good fruit and have some genetic diversity, you could be a millionaire!!! A nice addition to the SS :)
 

Sneakers

Just sneakin' around....
i had heard (probably wrongly) that commercial cherry trees are just like commercial apple and pear trees, cuttings of one tree from long ago grafted onto seed-grown stumps.
That was the first thing I investigated, and it doesn't seem to hold for cherries, although it would not be totally unexpected. The articles I read did say that fresh fruit works best because grocery store fruit had been refrigerated and may impact seed viability.

We'll see! I'm always up for an experiment....
 
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