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Pick your own is OPEN - 22 Nov 2014

A fun day picking and eating your own cherries. It doesn't get any better.
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Cherryhill is located in the Yarra Valley, 474 Queens Road, Wandin East, Victoria

Ripening & Harvest 1 Jan to 31 Jan

The cherries go through a final development stage of growth where the fruit begins to swell turning from green to a yellowy, straw colour then beginning to show signs of pink. During the final stages, the cherry developes all of its delicious flavours and health giving nutrients which are contained in its red juices. The earliest cherries at Cherryhill are picked at the Cobram orchard in the first week of November, then continue through to the Wandin orchard then finishing at the Tolmie orchard which has a cooler climate leading to a late harvest and cherries that have a rich and extra sweet flavour.

Post Harvest 1 Feb to 31 March

After being harvested, the cherry trees regain some of their strength lost from producing all of those cherries. At this time we begin pruning the trees to get lots of light into the tree for healthy buds. The buds need to absorb nutrients from the soil at this time also, so we apply fertiliser to give them an extra boost.

Autumn 1 April to 31 May

Autumn is the transition time from active growing trees to their dormant winter state. The mix of orange, yellow and sometimes red colours are really beautiful in the orchard. The change of colours in the cherry leaves is a sign that the trees are actually removing the nutrients out of the leaf to be stored and recycled back into the tree and buds ready to be used when spring comes later in the year.

Dormant 1 Jun to 20 Aug

The trees are resting during the winter period. After the leaves drop off the trees in Autumn, the trees undergo a resting period and accumulate what is known as “winter chill”. The winter chilling period is required to a greater or lesser extent by all deciduous plants in order to set the buds ready for the seasonal transformation from bud, to blossom to fruit.

Bud Swell 21 Aug to 5 Spe

The buds have accumulated their required chilling time. As the weather warms up, this signals big changes in the tree which sends plant hormones and sap flowing to trigger swelling in the buds. The swelling of the buds is the beginging of growth and within each bud is contained all the parts of the flower and reproductive parts which will emerge soon.

BLOSSOM TIME 5 Sep to 15 Oct
Spring is officially here and the cherry blossom is looking beautiful. Blossom flowers are the cherry trees way of reproducing, and at this time of year it is quite literally a case of the “birds and the bees” for the cherries. To produce a cherry, each flower must receive pollen from another flower. This is why bees are the cherry's best friend at this time of year! Many cherry varieties require a specific pollen from a different variety in order to set fruit, this is called self-incompatibility and is how the wild varieties of cherry retained genetic diversity.

Fruit Set 16 Oct to 31 Oct

After the blossom petals fall, the little green cherries begin to emerge. These little green cherries are growing rapidly in size and also the seed or pip inside the cherry is forming too. Depending on the variety, the cherry will grow in this green stage for some time, whereas the earlier cherries turn red and get sweet faster.

Ripening & Harvest 1 Nov to 31 Dec

The cherries go through a final development stage of growth where the fruit begins to swell turning from green to a yellowy, straw colour then beginning to show signs of pink. During the final stages, the cherry developes all of its delicious flavours and health giving nutrients which are contained in its red juices. The earliest cherries at Cherryhill are picked at the Cobram orchard in the first week of November, then continue through to the Wandin orchard then finishing at the Tolmie orchard which has a cooler climate leading to a late harvest and cherries that have a rich and extra sweet flavour.

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