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How to Plant a Cherry Bush

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Several varieties of cherry bush make this vibrant bush a popular choice among gardeners. Whatever your growing region, there is likely a cherry bush that is suitable for growing in your climate. Some cherry bushes are self pollinators (requiring only one bush to produce fruit) and others must have at least two bushes to produce fruit. Select one or more cherry bush to ensure that you have a bountiful harvest.

Prepare a sunny planting area for the cherry shrubs. Cultivate the soil with the garden spade to loosen it to a depth of 6 inches. Add 2 inches of compost to the top of the soil and work the compost in well with the spade.

Dig the first hole for the cherry bush. Make the hole approximately 3 feet deep and 2 feet wide. If you are planting more than one cherry bush, measure 5 feet from the center of this hole and dig another hole, making it the same depth and width. Dig as many holes as you need in this same fashion.

Remove the first cherry bush from the temporary container carefully. Tap on the bottom and sides of the container with the side of the shovel to loosen the bush and pull it gently from the container. Place the cherry bush into the hole, making sure it is at the same depth as it was in the temporary container. Repeat with the other cherry bushes.

Fill the soil back in around the each cherry bush with your hands until the soil level is even with the surrounding soil.

Water the cherry bushes enough to keep the soil moist, but ensure the area is well drained.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden spade
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Tape measure
  • Cherry bush (one or more)
  • Water


  • Choose a cherry bush that is suitable for your growing region. Shop at a local nursery to find varieties that will grow successfully where you live. Alternatively visit arborday.org and search their database for cherry bushes. Each cherry bush you find includes information about growing requirements and hardiness zones. The website also provides a USDA zone map to enable you to determine your growing zone.
  • Note whether a cherry bush is self pollinating or requires more than one to pollinate for fruit production and purchase the required number of cherry bushes to bear fruit.


About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.