Slow start for cher­ries but bumper crop

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

It has been a slow start to the cherry sea­son due to late rain and low tem­per­a­tures.

Grow­ers are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a delay in the sea­son by about 10 days.

Cherry Lane Fields owner Ge­orge Gro­zo­tis said de­spite the slow start, he was ex­pect­ing a “bumper crop”.

“The sea­son will move quickly with some sun,” he said.

Cher­ries have a sea­son of about 100 days.

Mr Gro­zo­tis has just un­der 11,000 cherry trees and is still plant­ing more.

“We have a ro­ta­tion for how heavy trees are,” he said.

“If trees were heavy with cher­ries one year, they’ll likely be lighter the next.”

Op­er­at­ing as Cherry Lane Fields since 1998 and a third-gen­er­a­tion farmer, Mr Gro­zo­tis said he had cherry plant­ing “down to a science”.

“Some va­ri­eties work over east that don’t work over here,” he said.

“Warmer weather is what gets the flow­er­ing and grow­ing done, we just add water.”

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Cherry Lane Fields owner Ge­orge Grozo tis says a few good days of sun will get the cherry sea­son back on track.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.