How to plant cherry trees

Knowing how to plant cherry trees the right way is essential for them thrive in your garden.

Delicious to graze on straight from the tree, cherries are such wonderful fruits to grow. They also produce the most magical blossom in the spring, so make sure to include at least one cherry tree in your backyard ideas.

‘Cherry trees are one of the best fruit trees as they are low maintenance and easy to grow,’ says Tammy Sons, owner of Tennessee Nursery.

This makes them particularly well suited to beginners when planning a kitchen garden. So take the time to learn how to plant cherry trees properly, and you’ll be on track for a bumper harvest.

Cherry tree covered with blossom surrounded by daffodils

(Image credit: Getty Images / Jacky Parker)

How to plant cherry trees – step by step

Learning how to plant cherry trees is easy if you know how to plant fruit trees of other varieties. ‘It’s a very similar process,’ says Suzanne Fellows from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply.

Follow these simple rules, and you’ll be planting your own backyard orchard in no time:

  • Begin by digging the hole for your tree. ‘It needs to be about three times as wide as the tree’s roots and deep enough to allow planting at the same depth the tree was in the field,’ says Fellows. ‘Note the change in color on the trunk.’
  • You can add some compost to the soil, but don’t overdo it. You must ensure this is mixed in with the soil outside of the hole, otherwise the roots will confine themselves to the planting area and the tree won’t grow as strong.
  • Place the tree in the planting hole. ‘Position the graft to the north, and don’t plant so deep that the graft will be covered in soil,’
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Water-smart plants suggested by SNWA need to be watered smartly

Q: I am in the process of redoing my front yard to water-smart landscaping. We had to pull out an olive tree because olives and rock do not mix, and we cannot seem to control the growth of the olives even when spraying twice a year. I saw an article in the paper where the water company wants us to plant water-smart trees. However, it does not tell me which trees are water-smart. Can you please give me some suggestions? I have a corner house so it will be in the front yard, full sun.

A: Water-smart trees are supposed to use less water than other types. But of course, if you give it more, it will use it. Instead of using 4 to 5 feet of water under their canopy, water-smart trees can survive with about 2 feet of water applied under their canopy.

Most of them can be planted in full sun. Simply putting lower water use trees and shrubs will not change their need for water. They must be managed.

Still water deep but not very often. Instead of watering daily, water with more minutes and give the plants a rest without water.

Water instead three (or maybe at the most four days) per week. Increase the minutes they are watered to compensate for the rest days. Do this during the heat. Make sure the plants have at least 2 inches of mulch on the surface of the soil. This mulch will give the plants one day of rest without water between irrigations.

There is a list created by the Las Vegas water company that you can use. Try searching online for Southern Nevada Water Authority and “water smart plants.” You will see two lists: one you can print and one you can search.

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