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‘Sweet Thing’ Dwarf Sour Cherry

Sweet Thing produces some of the highest quality sour cherries that the University of Saskatchewan has seen. Comes from the linage of ‘Carmen Jewel’ and ‘Erdi Jubileum’, and may even contain heritage from Hungarian sweet cherry. Rick Sawatzky’s favourite for eating quality while using for research. Not as cold hardy as the Romance series, but has great potential for warmer areas such as BC and Ontario. Fruit tend to be large and are excellent for fresh eating, juicing and deserts. Self-pollinating, but benefits from cross-pollination. Released in 2021 from UofS Fruit Breeding Program.

 

Available as: 2″ Potted (1 year)

 

ONLY 2″ Potted plants qualify for Mail Order Shipping

 

Reserve yours now with a 50% deposit or purchase in full for pick up or shipment this spring!

This product is currently out of stock and unavailable.

Plant Details

Latin: Prunus cerasus  ‘Sweet Thing’

Hardiness Zone: 4 – 7

Height: 5′ – 6′

Spread: 4′ – 8′

Suckering: High

Bloom Time: Spring (TBD)

Ripens: Summer (TBD)

Flower Colour: White

Fruit Colour: Red

Foliage Colour: Green

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Soil Requirements:

Attributes:

  • Edible Fruits
  • Easy to pick fruits
  • Ornamental Flowers
  • Shrub/hedge forming (Not tree)
  • Extremely cold hardy

Special Considerations: Dwarf Sour Cherries should be grown as shrubs, not trees. Once ripe, fruit can be harvested by shaking the bush or by hand. The skins of the fruit tear when harvested from the stem and must be processed relatively quickly to avoid loss. Fruit is also susceptible to Cherry Fruit Fly (maggots) however affected fruit floats on water and can be easily screened out after harvest.

 

Fruit Colour Chart

Courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program.

 

Sour Cherry Planting & Pruning

Dwarf sour cherries (DSC) are bushes, not trees! They can be easily maintained as individual shrubs or as a hedgerow planting. For individual plants, plant at least 5′ apart in the landscape. For hedgerow plantings, 3′-5′ between plants and 12′-18′ between rows. Planting at least 1-3″ deeper than the pot is recommended to increase root development. Young plants may be planted horizontally below the surface to induce more suckering.

The majority of pruning should occur in early spring before the buds break dormancy, usually March-April. Damaged or diseased wood can be removed at any time during the season. It is important to never remove more than 25% of the total wood during a single season as it will reduce flowering and yields. These cherries should be regeneratively pruned by removing some of the oldest shoots to the ground every year to allow new shoots to take their place.

DSC buds are typically either vegetative (shoots) or reproductive (flowers/fruits), but never both. Fruit spurs generally live for a couple of seasons and die. After a couple of seasons of fruiting, buds will become clustered towards the ends of the branches leaving most of the branch bare/naked of leaves. Heading back pruning does not work well with these DSC since it may remove most of the buds located near the ends of the branches. It is best to prune back the branch or the entire shoot to allow new growth to regenerate in its place.

Spring Plant Pre-Order Info

 
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We make it easier to grow your best garden!
What sets us apart from most nurseries, aside from our production growing experience with our products, is that we help you plan well in advance of the growing season by offering to reserve your plants for pickup or delivery in the spring! Our program has helped hundreds of customers secure their gardening desires since 2013!

 

DETAILS:

We strongly recommend ordering before April to secure your order. Orders are dependent on available inventory! Some stock may have limited available quantities.

We reserve the right to offer a substitution or refund if stock becomes unavailable. 

Orders will be reserved once payment has been received. Payment can be made by cheque, gift card, email money transfer or credit card. Please follow the instructions on your invoice.

To avoid delays in order fulfilment, we ask that all orders be paid in full by April 14. You will receive a friendly email reminder of your remaining balance or outstanding payments before these deadlines.

Some items are available to be purchased in bulk quantities. Please contact us for bulk orders.

 

PICKUP:

All spring plant pre-orders, that do not qualify for mail order shipping or home delivery, must be picked up May from the farm in Krestova. Please click here to see the dates and times. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup.

 

FREE DELIVERY:

 Free Delivery on orders over $500, within 30 minutes from Krestova! Please contact us to arrange a delivery date after placing your order.

We do not offer home delivery on orders less than $500. 

 

SHIPPING:

Some items may be available to ship via Canada Post. You will be able to select a shipping method at checkout if your order qualifies.

Online order shipments will be sent out according to our Shipping Policy.

For more information please read the full Spring Plant Order Policy.

 

CANCELATIONS/REFUNDS:

Before March 31st: Orders may be cancelled and refunded minus a service fee (10% of total order value) to cover administrative and payment processing fees. 

After March 31st: Orders may be cancelled and refunded up to 50% of total order value. 

After May 1st: Orders may be cancelled without refund. 

*Due to the nature of working with live plant materials, full refunds (100%) will be offered due to inventory shortages. 

Pickup & Delivery

PICKUP:

All spring plant pre-orders, that do not qualify for mail order shipping or home delivery, must be picked up May from the farm in Krestova. Please click here to see the dates and times. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup.

 

FREE DELIVERY:

 Free Delivery on orders over $500, within 30 minutes from Krestova! Please contact us to arrange a delivery date after placing your order.

We do not offer home delivery on orders less than $500. 

 

For more information please read the Spring Plant Order Policy.

Shipping Policy

SHIPPING UNAVAILABLE FOR THIS ITEM!

This item is for pick up only and does NOT qualify for shipping via Canada Post. View our SHIPPING POLICY to learn more.

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