Cherry

Cherry trees are in blossom in April and ready to pick from July.

There are approximately 1,200 varieties of cherry.

Culinary cherries are divided into sweet cherries (Prunus avium) and sour cherries (Prunus cerasus).

Culinary use:

Use a metal straw or chopstick to destone them.

Cultivars and varieties:

Prunus 'Amanogawa' [AGM]

Prunus 'Merton Glory'

Prunus avium Celeste® - Large dark red fruit from early July, making it one of the earliest fruiting sweet cherry. Dwarf tree.

Prunus avium 'Colney' - Produces heavy crops of large dark red cherries from late July. It's self-sterile, meaning it will need another cultivar to pollinate with to produce fruit.

Prunus avium 'Fastigiata'

Prunus avium 'Merchant' [AGM] (Sweet cherry) - An early fruiting variety. Not self-fertile so will need a pollination partner.

Prunus avium 'Mount Fuji' - Dark green leaves, semi-double white flowers in mid spring grows to 6m (20ft) so ideal for a small garden

Prunus avium 'Penny' [AGM] - Small, compact tree. Produces heavy crops of large dark red cherries from late July. It's self-sterile, meaning it will need another cultivar to pollinate with to produce fruit.

Prunus avium 'Stella' [AGM] - A sweet, large, black cherry. Self-fertile, pollination group 4 and a universal pollinator (it will cross-pollinate with other cherry cultivars that are in flower at the same time). Produces fruit from late July.

Prunus avium 'Summer Sun' [AGM] - A sweet, large, black cherry in mid-season (late July). Not self-fertile. Pollination group 4.

Prunus avium 'Sunburst' - A sweet, large, black cherry in mid-season with a good autumn leaf colour. Self-fertile and pollination group 4.

Prunus avium 'Sweetheart' [AGM] - A late-cropping cherry. A good crop of sweet, dark-red cherries late in the season. Self-fertile.

Prunus cerasus 'Maynard' - A small, heavy cropping cherry. Ideal for a container or small space in the garden. Self-fertile.

Prunus cerasus 'Stella' - A dark red, acidic, self-fertile cherry. Good for cooking. Harvest cherries from late July for a couple of weeks. Can be grown on a north-facing wall or fence.

Seeds to sow now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Cress

Ornamental pepper

Outside

Alpine wallflower

Alyssum

Basil, Sweet basil, Common basil

Beet, Beetroot, Chard

Beetroot, Garden beet

Cabbage

Canterbury bell, Cup and saucer

Carrot

Common wallflower

Cress

Double daisy

Foxglove

Kohl rabi

Lettuce

Onion

Pansy

Radish

Spinach

Spring onion

Sweet William

Turnip