Anyone have experience of pruning Cherry on Colt Rootstock?

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Anyone have experience of pruning Cherry on Colt Rootstock?

Post: #288778 bonniethomas06
Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:07 pm

I have been through a bit of a fruit-tree buying binge and have amongst other things, a half standard Stella cherry on a Colt rootstock.

The patch I have in mind for it is about 5m from the centre of the nearest fruit tree (plums) and 3m from my newly planted native hedge.

I bought it because I had read it was a semi-dwarfing rootstock, but after a bit more of a google prior to planting it today, I have heard anecdotes of it growing to 2m in some cases to anything up to 4.5m in others!

It's not the height so much as the spread I am a bit worried about - if it has a 4.5m spread, my plums and greengages are going to get crowded out.

Can you prune such a cherry to keep it under 2m height and spread? If anyone has a clue, I'd be so grateful!
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Re: Anyone have experience of pruning Cherry on Colt Rootstock?

Post: #288780 Odsox
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:01 pm

I don't prune cherries, or at least I haven't found the need to prune them.
If it's any help, I have a Stella, but I've no idea what rootstock as I bought it in a garden centre closing down sale, but it is tall, at least 12 feet, but very little spread, just very upright.
On the other hand I have a Sunburst cherry on Pixie rootstock and it is now 5 years old and only about 7 feet tall and 3 feet spread.
There, that's totally confused you :scratch: :lol:
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Re: Anyone have experience of pruning Cherry on Colt Rootstock?

Post: #288784 bonniethomas06
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:42 am

Thanks Tony - maybe yours is a colt too then, as I gather the Pixie don't get beyond 2m.

Glad to hear it is upright anyway - will make it easier to net! Think I am just going to be brave and plant it anyway - it is competing with a native hedge and our soil is a bit horrid so with luck it won't get too huge. If it does, I will learn how to prune it!

Have you had a lot of fruit from the stella?
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Re: Anyone have experience of pruning Cherry on Colt Rootstock?

Post: #288785 Odsox
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:02 am

Here's a photo of my Stella, as you can see it's very upright.
It does fruit well, but the birds get most of them as it's far too tall to net. This year looks like it could be a bumper year, providing we don't get cold winds at the critical flowering period.
See second photo for the one or two fruiting spurs :iconbiggrin:

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Re: Anyone have experience of pruning Cherry on Colt Rootstock?

Post: #288786 bonniethomas06
Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:24 am

Ah brilliant, thanks Tony! Gosh it is upright isn't it - the nursery I bought it from said it had a spread of 4m!

That is a relief. And it looks like it is growing happily next to another biggish tree and hedge quite happily?

I think it will be fine. I have never had a garden big enough to grow fruit in, so it is new to me. But I feel much better about it now, so thanks!
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