I have a sour cherry tree. I was hoping to get some sweet cherry cuttings and graft them on to the tree. Is this possible and where can I find cherry cuttings around my area? I live in Markham (North of Toronto)
Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners with your gardening question.
Cherries are one of the most popular fruits. Perhaps the biggest problem is keeping the birds from beating you to the harvest.
The following information is from one of our earlier posts which gives recommendations on the variety of sweet cherry best for home gardens:
Only some sweet cherries are self-fruitful. Others must be cross-pollinated with pollen from another pollinator. Self-fruitful sweet cherry varieties includea: Stella, Vandalay and Tehranivee. The Stella variety has large dark red fruit on vigorous, large trees (to 9 m). The fruit ripens gate June-early July. The Vandalay and Tehranovee varieties are both hybrids developed at the University of Guelph with Stella as one of the parents. Sweetheart is a smaller sweet cherry tree that is also self-fruitful. General information on growing fruit trees in home gardens can be found on the web site of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food at the link below:
The Toronto Master Gardeners are volunteers committed to providing the public with horticultural information, education and inspiration. We provide advise to clients on the all things horticultural — except the recommendation of specific retailers.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (omafra) provides a website which lists all fruit tree nurseries in Ontario: https://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/resource/trnursry.htm
Good luck with your project.