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"The process of photosynthesis is like a fine, critical thread that invisibly suspends all our food and the dining experience before us". Lloyd Godman 2005

 

St Andrews Garden, Victoria Australia

Cherry Trees - there are three Cherry trees in the St Andrews Orchard

Cherry Blackboy - Planted in the Spring of 2005

deep red firm but juicy fleshed fruit with a large stone. Pollinators Napoleon, Bing and Early Moss

Grafts

Napolean - 2010

Lappins - 2011

Photographs taken Nov 2007

 

2006  
2008 6 cherries
2008 22 Sept in flower
2009 Jan - 3 cherries

 

 

Cherry St Margaret - Planted in the Spring of 2005

This variety has large deep red almost black firm fleshed fruit. Tall deciduous tree requires pollinators William Favorite, Napoleon

 

 

Photographs taken Nov 2007

2006  
2008 3 cherries
   

This tree died in the spring of 2008

Cherry Stella - Planted winter 2009

A graft of Cherry Sunburst was made onto the tree in the winter of 2009

Grafts

Stella

Sun Burst 2010

Star Crimson 2011

 

Selpollinating variety and has large dark red fruit that are sweet and juicy Mid to late season

March 2010

A graft of Cherry Napoleon was made onto the tree in the winter of 2009

March 2010

Tree replaced with Cherry Bing - planted winter 2009

Grafts

Bing

St Margaret - 2010

Lewis - 2011

 

A graft of Cherry St Margaret was made onto the tree in the winter of 2009

A sweet flavoured cherry bering dark, medium to large fruit in early summer.

Pollinators Stella, Blackboy Van Williams favorite The tree was palnted in the winter of 2009

March 2010

 

 

 

 

Establishing the tree is one thing, protecting it against wildlife is quite another - the tree is surrounded by wire netting supported by star pickets to stop attack from wallabies who eat the leaves. The netting runs to the ground to stop rabbits who might ring bark the tree.

When in fruit it is also covered with netting to prevent opossums and parrots who eat the fruit. The Star pickets also prevent large Kangaroos who frequent the orchard from bashing into the tree and breaking it down.

 

I never had to worry about any of this lot in the New Zealand garden -

Pear Slug - also attacks cherry leaves

You do need to rid your tree of these pesky little blighters or they will come back in Autumn ten fold. Left untouched they can strip a small to medium size tree of its foliage. They will not eat al the foliage but feed on the leaf (skeletonise) it. As the leaf can not repair itself it falls and then this in turn is less energy for growth due to the lack of available chloroplasts present in the surviving leaves.

So how do you get rid of these leaf munching buggers.

So this leads us to either a mechanical means or a physical method

You have already eluded to the fact you do not want to squash them. So use drying agents such as lime or ash, this may be dusted on the tree foliage to dehydrate the larvae.