Traditionally, a lot of winter frost has been required to grow a great cherry - but IFG is changing that. Marketers in South America and South Africa are already very excited about our "low chill" cherry varieties. Until now, most cherry trees have required 800-1000 hours of temperatures ranging from 35° to 42° Fahrenheit. IFG has created varieties of cherries that need less than half that much - without the "doubling" effect the higher temperatures typically have on the fruit.
IFG has over 50 cherry selections on test. These selections include both traditional dark red types and new blush types. They were selected for having very few doubled fruits, combined with large size, firmness and flavor. Many exhibited very little cracking after severe rains.
We are continuing our evaluations to determine which will consistently produce outstanding fruit. Many have been placed in a commercial grower test block located in one of the warmest areas in California's cherry growing region. We expect to begin commercial release of the best in a few years.
Cherries Goals & Objectives
• Low Chill - 150 to 400 Hours