CHERRY trees enveloped with blossom promise a hearty season if frosts stay away.
Tasmania’s cherry industry is blossoming and right now it is a sight not to be missed.
At Reid Fruits in the Derwent Valley, about 100ha of cherry trees at the Plenty orchard have started blooming.
The farm is one of the state’s largest cherry operations.
“The weather is fantastic for us and is perfect for cherries with cool nights and nice breaks of sunshine,” managing director Tim Reid said.
“Bees are active and the trees are looking strong in blossom.”
At this early stage expected yields are hard to gauge as extreme weather can affect the crop.
Reid Fruits Plenty orchard production manager Mark Salter was hoping for further good weather.
“We are in the pollination period for the next three or four weeks with the bees quite active, however, rain hinders the bee pollination activity,” Mr Salter said.
“After the pollination period we will then start seeing little buds of fruit.”
Tasmania’s premium dark-fleshed cherries are exported to a variety of countries and growers are also moving into second-grade fruit market in the Middle East.