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Lots of Evans Cherry drop this year!

Posted by konrad___far_north 3..just outside of E (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 9, 14 at 19:32

I've been told,
mine are still dropping,...if yours are doing it then you're not alone, I suspect weather related, too long too cool when they flowered, ...couldn't set properly.

As I said before, same with some other fruits.


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RE: Lots of Evans Cherry drop this year!

That is too bad. Is the damage confined to the blossoms on just the Evans or are other trees involved?

Are you getting black rot in the bark of the tree? We had so much rain that the bark is looking not so good this year.


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We cut a couple of huge branches off the Evans cherry this year, and there is something going on with the trunk of the tree as well. There is some fruit though.

My plum on the other hand, has no fruit on it at all. I know I need another plum to pollinate but there must be one nearby since most years I do get a few handfuls of plums.


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Yes, blossom damage I would suspect, ..resulting in aborting fruit set. No black rot but a terrible outbreak with black knot in Chokecherries, due to wet conditions! One tree I cut out in spring 2 branches,...yesterday about 6 on the same tree!


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Ouch! Konrad, I am sorry to hear this. It certainly has not been an easy year!!!


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Thanks,..not so tragic, living in this province for close to 40 years
and trying to grow a few fruits in our harsh environment,..you'll get pretty hardened off yourself, lol.


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had lots of small plums on my royal lots of Cherries on western sand cherry and Evans ,this was before I went on holidays last week . Now this week there is almost nothing left. They were all marble sized looked very developed .

Birds maybe ? Or like what Konrad said probably to cold.
My waneta was loaded most of them got to about a pea size than shrivelled up on the tree ? It was strange because it didn't drop them like the others but the fruits had only got half the size.


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When pea size its most likely that either they weren't pollinated properly or the tree is still too young.

When marble size it's more like a cold period.


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My Evans has like five cherries left . It's fruit are simply drying or falling off they are big marbles now ??? Cold weather for sure


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Konrad I think I juiced them a bit to much last year maybe?
I did give them fertilizer into September do you think this is why they bloomed so heavy but set nothing or dropped everything.


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I don't think so, ..if they bloomed, this means they survived the
winter.


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I agree. But I'd still be careful with the fertilizer. I consider Evans kind of borderline hardy in zone 3 -- does fine most years but a tough winter can do a lot of damage. Probably best to have as little unripened wood as possible going into winter. I don't fertilize mine at all, though it might get a bit of kick from lawn fertilizer that I put on the grass once a year, in May.


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I looked at pictures of my Evans cherry from this time last year and they were almost fully ripe (and the tree was loaded with berries). This year, sporadic fruiting and not anywhere near ready. My peonies just finished blooming too. Weird year.


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I picked my Evans on August 10. I would have really liked to have left them on the tree for another week but the birds had found them and each day there was more bird damage. So I picked them very soon after they were fully red, and left the unripe 10% or so on the tree, along with another 10% or so that were bird-damaged. The cherries did size-up as they turned red and the harvest was good for my small tree, but I really do wish I could have left them on a bit longer. Netting the tree seems like more effort than I'm prepared to make. Anyway, a couple pics:
 photo Aug1014Evans1.jpg

 photo Aug1014Evans5.jpg


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Nice crop!

Mine look about like this, birds are not that interested,..still some
wild Saskatoon in the bush and some choke cherry trees. Think another 10 day's or so,..and hopefully no hail! We've been lucky so far.


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  • Posted by cme1 none (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 21:13

I had a beautiful crop from my Evans last year...this year hardly a fruit to be seen. I think it may have aquired brown rot :( I'll be cleaning things up this fall and spraying in the spring. The cold, weird, wet weather this summer in Ontario probably didn't help. I hope the tree isn't TOO sick, though, I'm quite attached to it. It was given to me by Dr. Evans himself!


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WOW...given to you!
I purchased one from him when he lived in Edmonton about 32 years ago,..it died about 6 years ago.

Brown rot is a common problem, we're still free from this horrible disease,...for how much longer, I don't know.


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  • Posted by cme1 none (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 15, 14 at 19:50

Yes, he invited me to give a talk to a horticultural society he was heavily involved in (lilies!) and was kind enough to offer to bring me to see his beautiful gardens and greenhouses, and showed me a freezer full of gorgeous red cherries. He told me they were his own hybrid and then proceeded to hand me a foot-long, twigless, leafless stick. He said, "Keep the roots wrapped in wet paper towel until you get it home," (I flew to Ontario a couple of days later!) "Stick it in the ground, water it a few times, and forget about it". I followed the directions and lo and behold, a few years later I had a 10 foot tall tree with gorgeous blooms, and a couple years after that - fruit! It's my favorite tree, and the cherries are divine. I hope I can bring it back to good health next spring!


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Good..hope it will will turn around for you!

Out of many trees,..about 1/5 has still good fruit set,..when they turn red and pop up in size,...all of a sudden you see that it's not all that bad.

Have some bird damage but not all that bad, I haven't seen birds in them but lots of Robins in my chokecherries.

Most are ready to pick and red flesh, ..I'll let them on another week.


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Well, ..found out it wasn't bird damage, wasp/yellow jackets and bald faced hornets.

Have picked them all this weekend.


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