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‘Valentine’ Dwarf Sour Cherry

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Valentine is the only bright red in the Romance Series of Dwarf Sour Cherries from the University of Saskatchewan. It is a preferred variety for drying as fruit maintain their red colour, but also suitable for fresh eating and processing. Although sour is in their name, they can be surprisingly sweet when harvested at the right stage of ripeness. High yielding as plants a generally larger than others in the series. Grows well as a bushy shrub instead of pruning into a single-trunked tree.

 

Available as: 2″ Potted (1 year), #01 Potted (2 year) or #02 Potted (3 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!

Plant Details

Latin: Prunus cerasus x fruitcosa ‘Valentine’

Hardiness Zone: 2 – 7

Height: 8′ – 10′

Spread: 4′ – 8′

Suckering: Low

Bloom Time: Spring (TBD)

Ripens: Summer (TBD)

Flower Colour: White

Fruit Colour: Red (see Fruit Colour Chart)

Foliage Colour: Green

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Soil Requirements:

Attributes:

  • Edible Fruits
  • Easy to pick fruits
  • Self-pollinating
  • 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 Reservation Policy

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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! As a part of our Spring Plant Reservation program, you have the option to purchase in full or place a deposit on your order and pay the balance at pickup. Our SPR program has helped hundreds of customers secure their gardening desires since 2013!

RESERVATION:

We require a 50% minimum deposit to reserve your order. Orders may also be paid in full to reserve. Any outstanding balance is due at pick up or before shipping or delivery.

Orders will be reserved once a deposit or full payment has been received. Deposits (50% of order value) cannot be refunded after April 5th, 2021

Payment can be made by cheque, gift card, email money transfer or credit card. Please follow the instructions on your invoice.

ORDERING:

We strongly recommend ordering before April 5th, 2021 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. 

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

Looking for something in particular that we don’t offer on the website? We are able to source different product sizes and cultivars for special orders.

DELIVERY & PICKUP:

DeliveryNEW 2020! Free Delivery on orders over $500, within 30 minutes from Krestova! Please contact us to arrange a delivery date.

Bare-root Perennials stock: Bare-root perennial stock will be available for pickup from the farm in Krestova in May. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup closer to this date.

Bare-root Tree Fruit stock: Bare-root tree fruit stock will be available for pickup from the farm in Krestova in May. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup closer to this date. We are unable to ship bare-root trees at this time.

Potted Nursery & Transplant Stock: All potted SPR orders under $500 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.

Centralized Delivery-Pickup: Now offering a drive-thru plant pickup to Nelson, Castlegar and Winlaw. $10 delivery fee. Dates TBA. Click here to learn more!

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.

SPR shipments will be sent out according to our Shipping Policy.

For more information please read the Spring Plant Reservation Policy.

Pickup & Delivery

PICKUP & DELIVERY:

Bare-root Perennials stock: Bare-root perennial stock will be available for pickup from the farm in Krestova from March to May. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup closer to this date.

Bare-root Tree Fruit stock: Bare-root tree fruit stock will be available for pickup from the farm in Krestova in May. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup closer to this date. We are unable to ship bare-root trees at this time. 

Potted Nursery & Transplant Stock: All potted SPR orders under $500 must be picked up May from the farm in Krestova or scheduled for a centralized delivery location. Please click here to see the dates and times. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup.

Centralized Delivery-Pickup: Now offering a drive-thru plant pickup to Nelson, Castlegar and Winlaw. Click here to learn more!

DeliveryNEW 2020! Free Delivery on orders over $500, within 30 minutes from Krestova! If your order qualifies, please contact us to arrange a delivery date.

For more information please read the Spring Plant Reservation Policy.

Shipping Policy

THIS ITEM MAY QUALIFY FOR SHIPPING

This product or a variation of this product qualifies for Canada Post shipping.

We are able to send 2″ Potted Stock and Bareroot Cane, Berry and Perennial Stock via Canada Post. We cannot ship Bareroot fruit trees or pots larger than 2″ at this time.

Please review our SHIPPING POLCY and the tentative shipping dates and more information. Dates above are tentative and subject to change due to weather, etc. 

You will be able to select the shipping method at check if your entire order qualifies.

Don’t want to ship? You can still select a Pick Up Date from the Farm at checkout!

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DescriptionValentine is the only bright red in the Romance Series of Dwarf Sour Cherries from the University of Saskatchewan. It is a preferred variety for drying as fruit maintain their red colour, but also suitable for fresh eating and processing. Although sour is in their name, they can be surprisingly sweet when harvested at the right stage of ripeness. High yielding as plants a generally larger than others in the series. Grows well as a bushy shrub instead of pruning into a single-trunked tree.   Available as: 2" Potted (1 year), #01 Potted (2 year) or #02 Potted (3 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!Jenny Hardy Kiwis are self-fertile vines that produce delicious fuzzy, egg-shaped brown kiwi fruits with sweet and tart green flesh. Fast-growing vines that can reach up to 20 feet in length, though it may stay smaller. The fragrant, yellow blooms add to any garden with a lovely aroma and are followed by fruit that matures in late summer or early fall. Once the plant begins fruiting, be prepared for more than a decade of heavy production! Hardy to zone 6-7 and needs to be planted in sheltered location.   *Note: We do not offer replacements for poor winter management of your kiwi vine. These kiwis are on the edge of cold hardiness for the Kootenay region. Plant at your own risk.   Available as: #01 Potted   Reserve yours now with a 50% deposit or purchase in full for pickup this spring!Issai Hardy Kiwis are self-pollinating vines that produce delicious grape-sized kiwi fruits with edible, fuzz-less skins. They have eight times more vitamin C than oranges! They can be grown much like grapes on a trellis system or climb a pergola. This vine grows fast and can bear up to 100lbs of fruit each year.   Available as: #01 Potted and #02 Potted   Reserve yours now with a 50% deposit or purchase in full for pickup this spring!Tundra’s fruit is firm and does not bleed from the stem end when removed from the plant, making this variety suitable for mechanical harvest. It possesses the desired fruit shape and size to appeal to the Japanese market and rated high in the flavour testing. Bushes tend to grow outward. Cross pollination is required. Compatible with Aurora, Boreal Blizzard and Honeybee. This University of Saskatchewan introduction produces blueberry-like fruit that ripens as early as Strawberries. Also known as Honeyberries or Blue Honeysuckle, Canadian Haskap are superior to any other Honeyberries with sweeter, wild Blueberry flavour and larger, fleshier fruit not unlike oversize Blueberries. The plant themselves are extremely cold tolerant and these are a great fruit alternative for cold climates.   Available as; 2" Potted and #01 Potted   STARTER TRIO: SAVE 10% when you purchase one of each of the 2" Potted Borealis, Honey Bee & Tundra haskaps! ONLY 2" Potted qualify for Mail Order Shipping   Reserve yours now with a 50% deposit or purchase in full for pickup or shipment this spring!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!Honey Bee is utilized for a pollinizer of most varieties, however still produces a suitable crop. Berries are slightly tart and have an ability to 'hang-on' to the plant to reduce drop when ripe. Very suitable for home growers and U-pick, but not mechanical harvesting. Bushes are upright and vigorous, with resistance to leaf powdery mildew. Compatible with Aurora, Borealis, Boreal Beast, Boreal Blizzard, and Tundra. This University of Saskatchewan introduction produces blueberry-like fruit that ripens as early as Strawberries. Also known as Honeyberries or Blue Honeysuckle, Canadian Haskap are superior to any other Honeyberries with sweeter, wild Blueberry flavour and larger, fleshier fruit not unlike oversize Blueberries. The plant themselves are extremely cold tolerant and these are a great fruit alternative for cold climates.   Available as; 2" Potted and #01 Potted   STARTER TRIO: SAVE 10% when you purchase one of each of the 2" Potted Borealis, Honey Bee & Tundra haskaps! ONLY 2" Potted qualify for Mail Order Shipping   Reserve yours now with a 50% deposit or purchase in full for pickup or shipment this spring!
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