Tree Height 2.0m
Mower width 4.3m
Row centers 5m
Tree spacing 3m x 5m =667 trees/Ha
Cherry Lapin Colt rootstock Type 320450
Planted 31st July 1999 as a whip headed at 1metre through 5th vegetative bud ensuring all laterals grow the same length.
Cherry vegetative bud (left) Then headed (right)
1. Year Two
New laterals tied down with string to staple at base of tree.
2. Year Three
New lateral growth from tied down branches at one metre length.
Year three laterals are pulled down again and tied to staple at base of tree.
4. Year Seven
Tree framework, some of the branches have been removed close to the tree main framework.
5. Year Ten
Tree has been pruned lowered so it will fit under the rain covers.
Flowering on a compact tree, with terminal leaf scar pruning.
70% of the crop was harvested on 24th December, with a average fruit size of 32mm. Conventional harvesting of lapin cherries are usually mid-January.
Leaf Scar Pruning
New lateral growth through bud cluster istead of new growth from pruning cut.
Small compact cherry trees.