Proably Have Another Bad Cherry Crop This Year

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03-26-2012 02:00 AM

I planted a Lapins Cherry tree a bunch of years back because I love sweet cherries and its cherries are like Bing cherries. The last couple of years it’s really started to produces a lot of fruit. But….

Spayed it today. Fours days late. Been fighting brown rot the last couple of years. It gets in the blossom then destroys the fruit right when it ripens. Blossoms decided to open way early this year, first spraying is supposed to be before they opened, missed that. And on the day they decided to start blooming it was raining so I couldn’t spray even if I wanted to. I fear I’ll have the problem again this year because I was too late. But they were like 2 to 4 weeks early. I wasn’t ready.


-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 02:12 AM

Looks like where I am the frost may kill everything. All the trees are showing their tips and getting ready/started to blossom and it is supposed to hit 22 tomorrow night. Hopefully the reports are wrong and things will be spared. My blueberries, cherries and grapes are all budding and this area thrives on the apple farms.

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 02:20 AM

My blueberries bushes have leaves already, along with my currant bushes and lilac bush. All my tulips are blooming, daffodils, iris, blooming, tiger lilies are way big, it’s just crazy early. We’re back to normal now, low in the mid 30’s for the week. Hope that’s all. Looked at my weather archives for the last 6 years and it does get below freezing still in April. I’m hoping everything can survive it if it happens.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 05:17 AM


That’s just not right. You guys should be ice fishing in early June. Sorry about the cherries.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 06:08 AM

Just keep spraying. The weather is so off this year, you can’t count on normal timetables. I’d trade brown rot for the brazen robins I have down here! I’ve tried everything to scare the birds away. The first year I wrapped the tree in cheese cloth. That worked, but all the branches grew inward and the tree looked like a giant Q-tip! After that, the tree was too big for the cheese cloth, so I tried netting. Worked for a couple of years, but the tree kept growing and I couldn’t get enough netting. So I spent a couple of years just trying to shoo the birds. Forget that! I’ve actually been picking cherries and had a couple of robins land in the tree close enough to touch them, but they grabbed cherries anyway. I’ve finally settled on tying a huge number of mylar streamers all around the tree and set a boom box in the branches tuned to a 24-hour all news station. The mylar is supposed to flash in the sun and make the birds think the tree is on fire. Works on some birds, until it clouds over or the wind stops (Honest, even this close to Chicago, the wind stops sometimes). But the boom box seems to be the best deterrent. Turns out the birds don’t like the CBS station, but they’ll eat all my cherries listening to ABC.

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 06:29 AM

I noticed a rose popping out today!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 06:48 AM

To bad about your cherry tree,the weather has everything thrown off,birds bugs trees ,good luck.

-- BiLL @wee3

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#7 posted 03-26-2012 11:10 AM

I live 5 hours north of Curt and we have all sorts of things starting to bloom. Last night we had snow in the air with some accumulating on roofs. This could be a very bad year for plants.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#8 posted 03-26-2012 01:33 PM

Steve we usually are, I think that’s when the season finally closes. Then opens again August or September. ;-)

ddockstader Oh I got Robins too, and I tried many things too, and watching them they are very efficient at stealing cherries. Fly in, nip the stem, carry away the cherry, very fast! I tired netting, bent the new growth branches just like you said. Tired something they use at land fills too for sea gulls. Put an aluminum pole up through the center of the tree taller then the tree, attached fishing line to the top, ran it down to the ground and attached it the ground around the tree spaced about a foot or two apart so it had a Christmas tree like form. Sea gulls at the land fills won’t fly through it or near it and land. And neither did all the birds here that used to go in the tree when I tried that. Except Robins. Didn’t phase them.

moly Howdy! I see you’re a U’Per, used to get up there quite often, love it up nordt :-) had an uncle in Crivitz, would visit him quite a often.

Got down to 34.1° overnight, that’s cutting it a little close.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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