How to Care for Fruiting Cherry Trees


The addition of a cherry tree into your garden or orchard can be an excellent choice. These fruiting trees are not only beautiful, but they produce baskets of warm, sun-ripened cherries each year when cared for properly. Cherry trees can usually be purchased at your local garden specialty store or plant nursery and grow best in areas that receive full sun for most of the day. Cherry trees require little care to always look their best and to produce excellent grade fruit.

Step 1

Plant the cherry tree in an area that contains well drained soil and receives at least eight hours of full sun per day. Water the cherry tree as needed, depending on the weather conditions in your area. The soil should always be moist around the base the tree, but not soaked.

Step 2

Apply a layer of chipped mulch around the base of the cherry tree to help keep moisture close to the roots and decrease the growth of weeds.

Step 3

Fertilize the cherry tree once per year in the spring using a fertilizer designed for fruit-bearing trees.

Step 4

Prune the cherry tree using sharp pruning shears. Prune the tree lightly as needed throughout the spring and summer months. Complete heavier pruning during the fall before the cherry tree slips into dormancy for the winter. Do away with any dead or diseased branches by cutting them where they join the main trunk of the tree.

Step 5

Apply protective netting over the tree to protect its fruit from birds, squirrels and other cherry-loving animals. You can purchase protective tree netting at your local garden specialty store or from an online retailer.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Chipped mulch
  • Fruit-tree fertilizer
  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Protective tree netting


  • Gardening Know How: Cherry Tree Care -- How to Grow Cherry Trees
Keywords: Cherry tree care, Growing cherry trees, Planting cherry trees

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.