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Planting Bessey cherries (sand) and tree care


To date, breeders have deduced many varieties of cherries, Besseya is one of the most unusual of them. This sprawling shrub can be an ornament to any garden, besides, it brings tasty, unusual fruits.

Description of the Bessey cherry variety

Cherry Besseya is a subspecies of sand cherries, which grows in southern and northern America. Initially, only sand cherry was known to the world, which was distinguished by its decorative appearance, but its fruits were small and not tasty. But thanks to the breeding work that Ch.E. Bessie, a variety of Bessey appeared, which preserved the appearance of the sand cherry, but its fruits became much more pleasant.

This variety began to spread throughout Russia from the Far East. Currently Bessey is grown in all regions of the country. Thanks to good resistance to drought and frost, and unpretentiousness to the climate, this cherry can grow in any territory.

Bessey is a short shrub that reaches a height of no more than 1.8 meters. Young branches are arranged horizontally in relation to the ground, painted in a red-brown shade. Upon reaching 7 years of age, their color begins to change to dark gray and they begin to creep along the ground.

Many landscape designers use such cherries to decorate the garden, they make hedges from it and plant them as landscaping sandy or rocky areas.

The flowering of shrubs begins at the end of May and lasts for 3 weeks. During this period, the shrub is completely covered with white or pale pink flowers. Cherry forms both male and female flowers.

The leaves of Bessei are more like a willow than a cherry. The shape is elongated, oblong, silver green. In mid-September, the leaves get a purple shade.

Ripe and juicy fruits of Bessey cherry

Fruiting cherry begins early, in the second year after planting, you can harvest the first crop. On average, from one shrub can collect from 10 to 13 buckets of berries. The fruits reach full maturity in mid-August, and the cherry of this sort does not fall off the branches, but starts to wilt directly on them. Fruits Bessey 13-15 years after landing.

Older branches, which are more than 6-7 years old, yield much less yield. In addition, the berries located in such places noticeably shrink. To avoid such a situation, you need to trim the shrubs in time.

Fruit Characteristic

The berries that are formed on the Besse cherry are round, large, dark maroon. The flesh is greenish with dark red veins. Compared with its wild relative, such fruits are very juicy and sweet. According to their taste, they have similarity with the black chokeberry, they are distinguished by the presence of slight astringency.

The advantages and disadvantages of the variety

  • Cherry Besseya will decorate any garden. In the spring, white or pink flowers appear on it, and in the fall, the leaves become burgundy.
  • Good resistance to drought and frost allows you to grow this variety in all regions of Russia.
  • The shrub is immune to many diseases.
  • Berries for a long time not showered with branches, which allows you to delay harvest time.
  • The taste of Bessei’s berries is quite specific; not everyone will like these fruits.

Features of planting and care

Cherry varieties Bessey best planted in the spring, so that the young shrub could get stronger before the onset of cold weather. Saplings with a closed root system are more resistant, so they can be moved to open ground in early autumn.

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Choosing a place for cherries, you should adhere to the following rules:

  • In order for the berries to have time to mature well, they need plenty of sunlight.
  • In order to avoid rotting of the root system and due to death, experienced gardeners recommend avoiding lowlands and areas with a high level of groundwater.
  • Cherry planted at a distance of 2 meters from other plantations. Bessea is very demanding on the composition of the soil, the best option would be sandy, not acidic earth.
  • For heavy soil, it is necessary to make a drainage of pebbles, rubble or expanded clay.
  • Sand is added to the clay soil.
  • Sour soil needs to be preliminated with dolomite flour.
Since Bessei is self-fertile and does not need pollination, for better yields it is recommended to plant several such shrubs nearby.
Bushes with Bessey cherry berries

Planting pits are better prepared in advance, about 1-2 weeks before planting a bush, so that the soil has time to settle. Immediately after digging, fertilizers are added to the pit:

  • 2 buckets of humus;
  • 800 grams of superphosphate;
  • 200 grams of ash.

Then they are mixed with the upper, fertile soil layer.

Cherry is planted on a mound to avoid stagnant moisture and rotting of the roots.

After the shrub is planted in open ground, it is poured with warm water and mulch it is cut.

Growing conditions

Even a novice gardener can grow Besse, because she is not fastidious about care and does not require special attention. The shrub has good resistance to frost and drought, is not prone to the appearance of diseases. But there are several rules, the observance of which will ensure a regular and abundant harvest:

  1. On average, cherries are watered 3-5 times per season.
  2. Feeding.
  • Healthy shrubs are fertilized with potash supplements.
  • In the event that the cherry starts to slow down, then potash supplements are replaced by nitrogenous fertilizers. They are able to activate growth and increase the amount of greenery.
  • Besseya also needs foliar dressing. Shrub sprayed with complex fertilizers 3 times per season.
  1. TSuch a cherry does not form root shoots, so caring for it becomes much easier.
  2. The main procedure for this variety is pruning, the regular implementation of which can increase the amount of the crop and make it more qualitative.
  • In early spring, it is necessary to remove shoots that thicken the shrub.
  • Shoots of no more than 7 years old bear fruit best, therefore adult branches pruned.
  • It is also necessary to carry out sanitary pruning, removing diseased and dried branches.
  • Dried cherries can easily be restored by cutting the entire shrub to the state of hemp. After some time in place of the old branches, young and healthy shoots will appear.
Place the cut must be treated with garden pitch.
  1. Preparing for winter, "Bessey" is bent down to the ground and covered. If heavy rain falls, the shrub can be slightly cleared, leaving a small layer of snow that will protect the cherry from frost.
If the branches of the shrub begin to bend down to the ground under the weight of the crop, experienced gardeners recommend building a support for them in the form of a small fence.
Cherry Bessey on a bush

Harvesting and storage

The fruits of Bessey ripen in mid-August and do not crumble for a long time, which makes it possible to harvest in several approaches. But it is better not to delay with such a procedure, the birds can eat birds or they can spoil right on the branches.

Only fresh and healthy cherries should be stored. Damaged or rotted fruit will quickly deteriorate and cause the unsuitability of all berries. There are several ways to store:

  1. Store in the refrigerator or in another cool place. Fresh berries can lie up to 10-14 days, subject to the following conditions:
  • Berries must be dry.
  • The container in which the cherries are located must not be closed; good air circulation must be ensured.
  • Humidity should not exceed 85%, and the temperature should be in the range of 0-10 degrees.
  1. Cherry can be frozen and stored in the freezer.
  • Berries need to be washed and dried thoroughly.
  • Then they are laid out on a flat plate so that they do not touch each other. In this form, the cherry does not stick together, and each berry will freeze separately.
  • After freezing, the cherry is placed in a container or bag and cleaned in the freezer.
  1. Also, cherries can be stored in dried form, for this:
  • Berries are carefully sorted and washed, then they need to be dried.
  • Prepared cherries spread on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • The oven is adjusted to a temperature of 40-50 degrees and placed there a baking sheet, while the door is not closed.
  • After drying, the berries are placed in a glass jar, and gradually shaken it, in order to maintain a balance between dry and wet fruits.
  • Then the finished product is removed in linen bags or tightly closed glass jars, in this form the cherry can be stored for up to 2 years.
  1. Also, cherries can be stored in the form of jams, compotes, jams, etc.
What does Besseya's cherry look like?

Features grade

  1. Bessei, unlike other varieties of cherries, is a spreading shrub, not a tree.
  2. Also this sort of cherry varies considerably in taste, more like black chokeberry.
  3. Another feature will be the lack of root shoots.
  4. Many gardeners use Bessey as a stock for plums. As a result of crossing a hybrid is obtained, the berries of which are similar in taste to the plum, but have a much smaller size. Such a tree grows up to 2 meters in height and begins to bear fruit from the second year of life, with the amount of the crop gradually increasing.
Such a hybrid is propagated only by horizontal layers from the lower branches. If you grow a seedling from a stone, it will show signs of only one of the varieties used (either cherry or plum).

Diseases and pests

Cherry Besseya is not prone to the emergence of many diseases, but the likelihood of the following ailments still remains:

  1. Coccomycosis - expressed in the appearance of brown spots on the leaves, on the lower side begins to appear white or pinkish bloom. It is also possible damage to the fruit and stem. As a fight against the disease, the shrub is treated with Skor, Delan or Topsin - M.
  • The first spraying is carried out immediately after flowering, then the procedure is repeated every 14 days.
  • When a large amount of precipitation occurs, it is necessary to process cherries 1-2 times after harvesting.
  • As a preventive measure, young (non-fruiting) plants are sprayed every two weeks.
  1. Monilial burn - A fungal disease that occurs during flowering. Wet weather is especially dangerous. The pathogen enters the fruit shoots through the stamen of the flower, causing them to shrink. As a fight against the disease, the affected areas are cut off and burned. Prevention can be spraying the tree with Horus, Azocene or Byeleton at the beginning of flowering.
  2. Anthracnose - the disease affects the fruit of the cherry, dull, dark spots initially appear, on which a mucous plaque subsequently forms. As a preventive measure during the bud break, the shrub is sprayed with 1% Brodsky liquid. During the formation of buds cherry is treated with fungicides. When such a disease occurs, it is necessary to immediately remove the diseased fruits and destroy them.

Gardeners reviews

Although they say that Bessey is not whimsical about care, you need to carefully monitor her, apply various fertilizers several times in a season and treat them with preventive means. But then, with a successful arrangement, an unusual shrub appears on the garden plot, looking at which all the neighbors begin to envy. - Natalie

3 years ago I decided to try planting Bessey, bought 3 saplings, as a result, one died after the winter, the second in the summer, one bush remained. As a pollinator using ordinary plum. The growth of cherries is now about 80 centimeters, has already given the first harvest, the taste is quite specific, but the jam is delicious. - Valoba

Friends said that the Bessey berries are very tasty and sweet, and decided to try growing. The shrub itself is very strong, it withstands almost all the attacks of our volatile climate. In the second year of life, 10 tasteless berries appeared, but for 3 years the whole bush was covered with dark maroon cherries, it looks very beautiful, it tastes better than they used to, but still quite unusual. Let's see what will happen next, but I plan to leave the plant not to get the harvest, but to decorate the garden. - Heaven

Cherry variety Besseya is distinguished by its unusual appearance and taste. In addition, it perfectly tolerates even the most severe weather conditions and is resistant to many diseases. Such a shrub will decorate any garden and will attract admiring glances to itself.