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MERTON BIGARREAU CHERRY TREE
Use the checklist below to decide if the Merton Bigarreau cherry tree variety is correct for you and your garden. If this is not the correct variety, see our cherry tree varieties page, to select another variety which may suit you better.
- The fruits of Merton Bigarreau are produced mid-season, ready for eating, on average, in
the second week of July
- Fruits are of medium size. They are dark red, virtually black and
have a sweet and very full flavour.
- The picking period is ten days.
- This variety reliably produces a good amount of fruit.
- Disease resistance is below average and is liable to suffer from
both canker and fruit-splitting.
- Merton Bigarreau is self-sterile and needs a pollination
partner to produce fruit.
- It is fully hardy in all parts of the UK (however, see above about blossom).
WHERE TO BUY MERTON BIGARREAU CHERRY TREESMerton
is not often to be found in your local garden centre but is available online
on (almost exclusively) Colt
One supplier of this variety at a reasonable price is
Keepers Nursery who also supply them grown on Gisela 5 and F12/1
It can be bought as both a potted tree (generally more expensive) all year
round or as a bare-rooted tree from October to March (cheaper). We would
recommend buying bare-rooted.
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POLLINATION PARTNERS FOR MERTON BIGARREAU CHERRY
Merton Bigarreau is in pollination group 3, self-sterile and and needs a suitable pollination partner to produce fruit. The following varieties produces blossom at roughly the same time and are suitable for pollinating Merton Bigarreau. They are easily obtainable in the UK:
- Merton Glory,
pollination group 2, eating variety
- Lapins, pollination group 2 to 3, eating variety
- Penny, pollination group 3 to 4,
- Summer Sun, pollination group 3
to 4, eating variety
- Stella, pollination group 3 to 4,
- Sunburst, pollination group 3 to
4, eating variety
- Van, pollination group 3, eating variety
HOW LARGE WILL MERTON BIGARREAU GROW
On Colt rootstock Merton Bigarreau will grow to about 4m / 13ft tall when it has reached maturity after about 7 years. With an annual prune it can easily be kept to 2.4m / 8ft high for a manageable tree in most gardens. On Gisela 5 rootstock it will grow to approximately 2.4m / 8ft.
ALTERNATIVES TO MERTON BIGARREAU
Click on the box below to see the full range of cherry tree varieties which we have reviewed in detail. Click on any one of them to see the full variety review.
CONDITIONS FOR GROWING MERTON BIGARREAU CHERRIES
The following are the key rules for growing this variety, click here for more detailed information about growing and pruning cherry trees:
- Plant and grow in a full sun position.
- The best time to plant Merton Bigarreau is in late autumn to early
winter. It can be planted at other times of year but will require
watering more frequently to ensure it establishes well.
- Plant the tree to the same depth as it was in the pot. If planting
bare-rooted trees you will see a natural soil mark just above the roots
which indicates the correct depth for planting.
- Spread an 8cm / 3in layer of mulch around the base of the tree but
not touching the main trunk. A mulched circle of about 1m / 3ft will be
sufficient. This will retain moisture in the soil below and greatly help
the tree to establish well.
- Water very well immediately after planting.
- Stake the tree for the first two years of its life on a Colt
rootstock. If planted on Gisela 5 rootstock the tree will require
staking for its life.
- In the first summer after planting the tree, water well if
conditions become dry.
- Prune Merton Bigarreau in the first year according to the suppliers
instructions. Prune annually in later years, soon after the fruit has stopped
being produced which will be about the third week of July for
Merton Bigarreau. See our detailed article on pruning
- An annual mulch in late Spring will help to retain moisture and an
even supply of water.
- If any pests or diseases appear treat them as soon as possible. Consult our cherry tree pest and disease page for detailed information on identifying and treating problems.