Cherry pie, cherry tarts, and even that sundae topped off
with a cherry just seem to taste so much better when coming from your own tree,
fresh picked and delicious. And while there are lots of cherry
trees you can grow, some stand out more than others. The Early Robin
is one of them. Keep reading to learn more about growing Early Robin cherries.
What are Early Robin Cherries?
Discovered by a Washington orchardist in 1990, Early Robin
is a large yellow cherry with a reddish blush. This heart-shaped cherry has a
sweet flavor that makes it an ideal choice for fancy desserts, or for snacking
by the handful.
Early Robin cherries are marketed as a type of Rainier
cherry. They are sometimes known as Early Robin Rainier. When do
Early Robin cherries ripen? Rainier cherries ripen in late spring through early
summer. Early Robin cherries ripen seven to 10 days earlier. They must be
planted where early blooms won’t be nipped by frost.
Growing Early Robin Cherries
Early Robin cherry trees need at least one cherry tree of
another variety within 50 feet (15 m.) to ensure pollination. Rainier, Chelan
and Bing are good choices.
Ensure Early Robin cherry trees receive about an inch (2.5
cm.) of water every 10 days or so, either through rain or irrigation. Don’t
overwater, even during drought, as cherry trees don’t do well in waterlogged
soil. Water Early Robin cherry trees at the base of the tree, using a soaker
hose or a trickling garden hose.
Fertilize Red Robin cherry trees every spring, using a
low-nitrogen fertilizer with an NPK ratio such as 5-10-10 or 10-15-15. Once the
tree begins to produce fruit, apply fertilizer two or three weeks before blooms
appear. Alternatively, feed
the cherry tree after harvest. Avoid overfeeding. Too much
fertilizer weakens cherry trees and makes them more susceptible to pests.
Prune Early Robin cherry trees every year in late winter.
cherry trees in fall.
Pick Early Robin cherries when the fruit is fully ripe. If
you plan to freeze the cherries, harvest
the fruit when it’s still firm. You may need to cover the tree with
netting to protect the cherries from hungry birds.