Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Morello Cherry Tree

 My new shady garden has its challenges, but there are quite a few fruit and veggies that can tolerate growing conditions which are less than ideal.  The Morello Cherry is one of these.  It can survive against a North facing wall and is also very hardy.  These are sour cherries which ripen to a near black colour, they can be used for pies, jams and cherry brandy.
 This tree has quite a few nice side shoots so I may train it up against a brick wall.  It is on a semi-dwarfing rootstock which means it will probably reach a height of about 10feet tall.  Ideal for a small garden.
 I have a corner space on my patio which is North West facing.  It will get quite a bit of sunshine in the morning up against the brickwork of the house.  A hole here goes down into soil so this should do fairly well, and also restrict too much growth as long as I make sure it is well watered.  Soil underneath brickwork like this can get dry.
So I look forward to a crop of cherries round about August time.


At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Adam said...

Thanks for the post, I've been looking for a cherry variety that I can use for sweet things, like cakes and jams - do you know of any good resilient varieties that match that criteria?

At 9:07 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Adam - Morello really does look like what you are looking for. It is not a sweet eating cherry but the flavour when cooked is just the best. It is the hardiest of all too.


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