University of Florida

Prunus avium

Common name(s): Mazzard, Sweet Cherry Gean, Sweet Cherry, Bird Cherry, Gean

Plant type: deciduous medium tree
Primary method of propagation: seed
Alternate propagation method(s): cutting, grafting/budding

Propagation by Cuttings

Cutting type: stem tip
Time of year to take cuttings: Autumn
Cutting maturity: hardwood
Rooting hormone: IBA Quick Dip 1000 PPM
Rooting environment: intermittent mist
Soil temperature for best rooting: 65-70 degrees F
Time to rooting: 4-6 weeks

Propagation by Seed

Time of year to collect seed: Summer
Time of year to sow seed: Summer
Seed treatment: stratify 40 degrees F 4-5 months.
Comment: Germination temp 86 degrees F daytime and 68 degrees F night. Untreated seeds may be sown in Fall.Stratified seeds sown in Summer untreated in Fall. Warm stratification followed by cold stratification in field

Propagation by Grafting

Time of year to graft: late Summer
Type of graft: 'T'
Rootstock: P. cerasus 'stockton morello'
Comment: P. cerasus 'stockton morello' is a dwarfing rootstock.