- Position: full sun
- Soil: deep, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Ultimate size on Gisela 5 rootstock: 3 x 3m (10x10ft)
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Sweetheart is a popular, self-fertile sweet cherry - and the large fruit have a gorgeous flavour. White flowers appear in mid-spring and these are followed by large, sweet dark red cherries (darker than Stella). This is a late-cropping variety, so useful for extending the season. The fruits ripen over a few weeks so you don't get a glut all at once and you can be picking well into September. The plants we sell are around 1.2-1.5m tall and 2-3 years old at the moment and will usually start to produce fruit in their third or fourth year.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.
Stone fruits like the cherry should be lightly pruned in the summer because they are prone to a disease called Silver Leaf which enters through cuts. If you prune in late summer, the sap is slowing but is still running fast enoughenough to seal up any wounds. Lighlty prune to retain shape and remove any damaged, diseased or broken branches.