How to Grow Stella Cherry Trees
The Stella cherry tree is a self-pollinating variety that produces a medium-sized sweet fruit. This variety does not require another cultivar close by to pollinate for fruit production, making it a good choice for home landscaping. Plant the Stella cherry tree in a location that is protected from wind to prevent damage to the tree. Place trees 25 to 30 feet apart if multiples are planted. The Stella cherry tree will reach full fruiting production five to eight years after planting.
Select a planting location for the Stella cherry tree that has well-draining soil and full sunlight. Test the soil pH as cherry trees prefer a soil that has a pH of 6.2 to 6.8. Add limestone to the soil to raise the pH number and ground rock sulfur to lower the pH number.
Dig a hole that is large enough to fit the root ball at the same depth as the container it came in. Gently pull the roots from the root ball to loosen them. Prune the root ball to remove broken and damaged roots. Set the Stella cherry tree in the hole and fill with soil.
Water the tree generously immediately after planting to stimulate root growth. Water the Stella cherry tree during the hot, dry summer months to prevent poor fruit growth. Do not create standing water around the base of the tree as this will promote root rot.
Sprinkle blood meal around the base of the cherry tree in spring as a fertilizer. Water the area well to stimulate absorption. Stella cherry trees do not respond well to chemical fertilizer applications.
Install a cage or fine netting around the tree during fruiting to prevent fruit loss to birds. Do not use loose woven netting as birds can get caught in the net.
Harvest ripe cherries by picking them. Cherries will store in a cool location for up to week.