How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Harvesting and storage

Pick fruit when its firm and when it has reached full maturity and color. Cherries will not ripen off the tree. Sour cherries are ready for harvest when they come off the tree easily without the stems. Taste sweet cherries to be sure they are ready for harvest. Harvest as quickly as possible in the event of rain to reduce the amount of fruit splitting.

Harvest cherries with the stem attached for better storage. However, if you are harvesting for cooking or canning, then just pull the berries and leave the stem behind on the tree. Cherries can be stored at cool temperatures for 10 days.

Ripe cherries
Ripe Bing cherries


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