White gold cherries red

ltiltonJune 11, 2013

My White Gold cherries are still small, a couple of weeks from ripe, but starting to take on color, and quite a few of them are downright red, well beyond blushed. This is vexing, as it's likely to attract the birds.

I figured at first that these fruits had probably been infested, but it doesn't seem to be the case.

This is the first time the tree has done this. I wonder if it could somehow be reverting back to a primal red cherry state?

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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Its related to the weather, some years they get more red than others.

Scott

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 10:12AM
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ltilton

Well, our weather has been extraordinarily wet this year, if that's the cause.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 11:31AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

My sweets (all red types) are changing to a pink and falling off..i figure its lack of sun. Not much of a crop this year :(

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 4:21PM
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ltilton

Not falling off so far, but signs of some pecking going on. Lots of scars but not seeing much in the way of larvae.

I expect as they get bigger, they'll start to split.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 4:51PM
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mamuang_gw

cherries on my Black Gold and Vandalay are still small, a month away from picking but i've noticed many are turning red. Then, they dropped. No bug damage. They just turned red, stopped sizing up and dropped.

I also summer pruned, taking off some branches to get more sun in. The pruning helps birds spotting my cherries easier! Saw some bird bites on some cherries today. No win situation. I doubt if I would get any cherries this year.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 10:17PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

Those small dropping fruits are the June drop on cherries. Some varieties seem to do more than others. Frank, maybe your trees have too little energy due to lack of sun so are self-thinning more than usual. My apples in the shade tend to self-thin a lot more and later in the season.

I just netted my Montmorency last night. Boy that was a pain, the tree is about 15' high now. At least I'll get some cherry pies this year.

Scott

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 8:16AM
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ltilton

This over-coloring is making it hard to figure out when to pick them! I finally started today, as between the robin and the cracking, I'm losing more every day.

Next year, I'll have a decent net ready. I tried with the snaggy black one, but it was impossible.

But despite the PC scars, I've seen almost no larvae in the fruit. Using that acetamiprid appears to have done the job.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 8:42PM
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mamuang_gw

We had several days of rain last week. After the rain stopped, I checked my cherries. As expected, Vandalay which has turned colored a week earlier than Black Gold has a lot of cracking (at least 50%). Black Gold is about 30% cracking.

It was dry over the weekend but rained again today. I don't know if I will have any non-cracking cherries left.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 10:35PM
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ltilton

Into the jam pot with them!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 11:15PM
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ltilton

Not-White Gold cherries

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 2:18PM
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