How to Acclimate Cherry Trees

Acclimate (ac·cli·mate): "To become accustomed to a new climate or to new conditions. Also to harden off a plant."
Acclimating cherry trees helps minimize stress when planting. Because our potted cherry trees are grown in our controlled greenhouse environment, they may arrive to you already sprouting tender new growth. This fragile growth can be sensitive to things like:

  • Temperature (below 50ºF or above 90ºF)
  • Frost snaps
  • Strong/direct sunlight
  • Wind

These conditions are more likely to occur in early spring, but can happen during other times of year, depending upon your growing zone.

NOTE: This is part 2 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow cherry trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.