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Sylvia is a recent cherry, developed in British Columbia, Canada, based on the varieties Sam and Van, and it was introduced in 1988. It crops mid-season, and in flavour it is similar to Stella. It is a partially self-fertile variety, and so it can produce fruit even when alone in the garden, though it will benefit from a pollination partner. The fruit is dark red in colour, sweet and juicy, delicious fresh, or made into jam or a pie.

Click here to go to the Tree Varieties page, where you can select this and other varieties in a provisional order

Fruit tree priorities for this week

In some areas, fruit trees are short of water. Wherever the trees are planted, make sure that the square yard area of soil around each fruit tree is totally free from grass and weeds. Keep this area well watered on a weekly basis with 5 to 10 litres of water depending on the age of the tree and the crop load.

If leaf quality is doubtful, apply foliar feed every 10 days, using Maxicrop, Miracle Grow or Tomorite.

Pests to keep under control at this stage are principally the plum moth and the codling moth. It is easy to do this biologically by using pheromone traps. Ideally these traps should have been in position since early June.

Thin the number of fruitlets if the crop load looks too heavy. This will improve fruit quality this harvest, and ensure a good crop load for next year.

Hereford Redstreak, photo courtesy of Dave/

Hereford Redstreak, photo courtesy of Dave/