What are some best practices when planting a cherry tree?
When is the best time to plant a cherry tree? Can a single tree be planted or does there need to be two trees planted relatively close to one another?
Early spring is the time to plant cherry trees, once the ground is thawed but after the highest risk of frost has passed (though you may need to take special measures to protect saplings if a frost is predicted–your nursery should be able to give you information on the cold and frost hardiness of whichever trees you purchase). They can take some time to root and they leaf out early. Sweet cherry trees are each either male or female, so you would need to plant at least two (one male, one female) to ensure a fruit crop. Sour/tart cherries have both male and female flowers on the same individual and are self-pollinating, so you could plant just a single tree. For further reading, we recommend our UMaine information page on tree fruits and MOFGA’s guide on cherry trees. Both are excellent resources to help you plan your planting.