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  1. #1
    Dracaena
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    Sweet Cherry questions

    I recently bought two sweet cherries - Lapins and Rainier - bareroot from a magazine. Everything I've read has said not to plant sweet cherries in New Hampshire but I decided to take the chance since my Mom loves cherries. Technically I'm in Zone 5, but I think it's pretty close to Zone 4. (They're both rated for 5.) I planted the cherries where they should get pretty good sunshine, just a couple hours of shade in the morning from our massive apple tree. I'd like some suggestions for improving their likelihood to survive the winter. Unfortunately I'll be going to college in August and won't be here to nurse them through their first winter. So I need some simple instructions to give my family for winter care. Will it help to cover them with burlap after they drop their leaves? Or build some sort of little shelter? What parts of them need the most protection?
    Okay, next question: The cherries are getting their little tufts of leaves, but both trees have these little red bumps on the new leaves. What are they, and are they bad? The ants seem to like them. I've got a couple pictures, but I'm only attaching one for now; let me know if you need to see more.
    Thanks so much! I hope I haven't bored you.
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  2. #2
    pwk16
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    RE: Sweet Cherry questions

    If you are in zone 4 you might have some winter damage and the trees may not be trees but woody perennials, instead. You also might get late frosts which kill the blossoms and leave you without cherries more years than not. Cherries have very thin bark when young, so you should wrap the trunks in white tape (sold in nursery centers) during the winter to protect them from sunscald. This is when the bark cracks and falls off due to warm/cold/warm/cold cycles which happen in cold, clear weather.

  3. #3

    RE: Sweet Cherry questions

    I can look up your city or a city ect. on the map if you want me too.

    Here is a map I made of the Hardness zones for NH:

  4. #4
    Dracaena
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    RE: Sweet Cherry questions

    That's neat! I'm in North Conway. Thanks!

  5. #5

    RE: Sweet Cherry questions

    You were right, you're technically in zone 5 and almost in 4 like you said.
    Your average lowest temp is in Jan. at 7 degrees but it can get down to -20 sometimes and the record low there is around -29.


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