Van Cherry vs. Montmorency in Zone 4?
after a lot of research I planted about 50 Van cherry Trees last year. They're supposed to be OK for Zone 4 which I am in. Trees didn't grow much last year (which I was told was typical for 1st year sweet cherry).
About 10 trees died back to the graft over the winter but are now sprouting from just above the graft. per advice here I'm letting them grow. I also fertilized with urea this year as I determined with help from here that my sandy soil was nitrogen deficient.
I also planted several montmorency cherry trees which seem to have done much better. just a LOT more growth.
At this point I'm questioning the decision to go with the Van cherry trees, if they're going to be marginal maybe I should just go with the tart cherry. If they're a little more work and maybe will take a year or two longer to fruit thats OK as there is very little availability of sweet cherries locally.
looking for comments from anyone that might have info or experience on these trees in Z4.
thx. in advance for any help.