Cherry trees come in quite an array of colors and sizes. Many gardeners divide cherries into flowering or ornamental varieties, and varieties which produce edible fruit. Cherry trees grow wild in many European countries, North Africa and Asia Minor. Cherry trees are easy to plant and care for, and are a good choice for a first-time home grower. They are also aesthetically appealing. You must first decide if you will plant a sweet or sour cherry tree. The sour, or tart, cherry trees are easier to grow and are not bothered by as many pests as sweet trees. Most varieties of cherry tree prefer moist soil. One exception, the Sergeant Cherry, can tolerate drier conditions. Until a watering pattern has been established, it is helpful to probe the soil around the tree about three inches (8 cm) deep. If the soil is dry, the tree is in need of water. Performing this action regularly will help determine how often the cherry tree should be watered.
Applying organic mulch around the base of the cherry trees will help seal in moisture, and prevent the soil from drying out to an intolerable level. When watering, it’s best to maintain a slow trickle of water over a longer period of time, rather than pouring large amounts of water around the tree quickly. Enough water must be applied to nourish the bottom of the root system. However, over watering can cause a cherry tree to develop root rot.