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Gisela Rootsticks
April 1, 1998

Finally -- Dwarf Cherries for the Home Gardener

After years of being tested at research stations across the world, the Gisela Rootstocks are ready. Cherry varieties grown on Gisela roots make for a very small, managable tree, and produce a heavy crop of cherries, usually a little earlier in the season than usual. These little trees are perfect for small urban gardens, and are easy to cover with bird protection. Additionally, Gisela rootstocks are very hardy, lessening winter damage to cherries in cold areas.

This spring, we will be carrying 4 varieties of cherry on Gisela rootstocks.

    * Early Burlat - A large, firm, meaty red cherry. Excellent Quality. Ripens in June.
    * Bing - One of the most popular of cherries and rightly so! Large, dark and sweet.
    * Kristin - A dark red, crack-resistant cherry, and a very heavy producer.
    * Ranier - Much like Royal Ann, this cherry has yellow skin. Makes a great pollinator.


Cherry trees, like many other fruiting plants, need pollen from another cherry variety in order to produce fruit. The new dwarf cherries are no exception. However, providing pollen for a cherry tree is quite simple. Many people plant two cherry trees in their garden. This is made easier and more practical with the new dwarfs. Also, cherry trees are the most commonly planted fruit tree in the lower mainland, and are also very popular on Vancouver Island. Check the trees in some of your neighbours gardens. If there is a cherry tree, ornamental or fruit-bearing, within 100 feet, it will pollinate your new tree.

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