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If you want to grow the most cherries per tree for a bountiful harvest, you can't make a better choice than planting Lapins Cherry. (Prunus avium 'Lapins') The cherries are not only borne in profusion, but they may be the sweetest cherries you've ever tasted! Award-Winning Taste Some cherries that are classified as "sweet" don't really taste all that sweet. Although "sweet" is a subjective description that's based on personal preference, nobody who bites into a Lapins Cherry would doubt its true sweetness. In fact, plant researchers at Oregon State University put this cherry to the test '– a taste-test that was evaluated by almost 200 participants. Lapins Cherry was overwhelmingly preferred over Bing Cherry, which had been the market industry leader for sweet cherries. In another evaluation, Lapins Cherry's flavor sweetness profile was shown to include almost 20 percent sugar '– now that's a sweet cherry! Beyond the Taste Taste is probably your biggest consideration for buying a cherry tree, but you'll also enjoy this tree's other characteristics:• Fertile. If you want to harvest fruit from many other types of cherry trees, you'll have to plant two trees so the flowers can be cross-pollinated. But "self-fertile" trees, such as Lapins Cherry, are different. Only one tree will bear fruit without needing the pollen from another tree to fertilize its flowers.• Heavy yields. Superior taste is good, but if sweet-tasting cherries were only produced in few numbers on a tree, you'd be disappointed. You can put aside your disappointment, because Lapins Cherry trees bear fruit in big clusters, which cover the trees, and each large cherry is typically 1 inch in diameter. Lapins Cherry produces so much fruit per tree that it earned the classification from field-testing trials as "an exceptionally heavy producer" by the University of California. Mature trees can yield up to 50 quarts of cherries.• Crack-resistant fruit. One problem that other cherry trees face is the susceptibility of their fruits to crack and split when it rains. A tree's roots take up water and move it throughout the plant. Any excess water that collects in the cherries creates pressure that can cause the cherry skins to burst, a common deficiency of other cherry trees. Lapins Cherry was specifically bred to be resistant to rain-induced splitting. Cherries for Your Health Cherries have always been a favorite fruit, but research has revealed there is more to this antioxidant fruit than mere flavor. Cherries are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium '– just to name a few health benefits. And even the National Institutes of Health report that sweet cherries, such as Lapins Cherries, have potential preventive qualities that may prohibit the development of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even Alzheimer's disease. Add These Appetizing Cherries to Your Diet Today You'll want to eat these sweet cherries right off the tree, so go ahead and indulge! But you can incorporate these nutrient-packed fruits into your diet in so many other ways. Add them to salads, make sweet-cherry preserves, or make homemade cherry chutney. And you'll do cartwheels over the taste of your homemade cherry smoothies! Selecting a Site and Planting Your Tree Lapins Cherry trees flourish in climates that are cool and dry. An optimal growing site includes these conditions: • Full sun. For the best health and maximum fruit production of your Lapins Cherry, choose a site that receives 6 to 8 hours of sun per day • Loose, well-drained soil. Lapins Cherry is very adaptable to different types of soil, such as sand, loam, and clay, but the soil must be loose and crumbly. These trees don't grow well in compacted soils. The preferred soil pH is 6.5-7.5. • Deep, thorough watering. Especially when your tree is newly transplanted, keep it watered well. Don't rely on overhead sprinklers, which may only lightly water the soil surface. Use a garden hose to direct water at the base of your tree and give it a good soaking, making sure that all the water drains into the soil without leaving a puddle around your tree. The second season after transplanting, if your tree receives 1 inch of rainfall every 7-10 days, it should be good to go. If it doesn't, use your garden hose or a soaker hose to give it a deep drink. • Mulching. By applying a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch around your Lapins Cherry tree, you'll help keep the weeds at bay. Plus, the mulch will help keep the soil moist and reduce your need for watering during hot, dry weather. • Fertilizing. It's far better to rely on the results of a soil test instead of randomly broadcasting fertilizer around your Lapins Cherry tree. If you supply too much fertilizer, you can burn the roots of your new tree, stressing it and causing potential injury. Your local Cooperative Extension Service will perform a soil test for a nominal fee, and they can advise you on fertilizer types that are best for your location. Backstory Lapins Cherry is named for a pioneering cherry breeder, Dr. K.O. Lapins from Summerland, BC, Canada. Dr. Lapins crossed different types of cherry trees, which produced the cherry tree that was named for him '– the Lapins Cherry.
Lapins Cherry Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional pollinator will drastically increase the size of your crop. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...
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