What you should not plant near a cherry tree: you will not see the harvest for years
The right neighborhood is the key to a rich harvest. You shouldn't plant crops in your garden haphazardly based only on the availability of free space or aesthetic nuances. If the trees or shrubs are incompatible, the harvest will be meager. In the worst case, there is a risk that certain plants will die.
It should be borne in mind that the root system of cherries has multiple horizontal branching of the rhizome at a depth of 10-30 cm. To know what not to plant near cherries and how to grow juicy and tasty berries, read the OBOZ.UA article.
Where not to plant cherries
Cherries need sunlight, so they should not be planted next to other spreading trees with a dense crown. In the shade, cherries will grow poorly, and the berries will be small.
Unfavorable neighbors for cherries
Apple trees, pears, peaches, and cherries are prone to common diseases, the most common of which is moniliosis.
Grapes will also be a bad neighbor as they will become a powerful competitor in the struggle for light and nutrients. For the same reason, young cherries should not be planted next to rowan and honeysuckle.
Walnut is an unfavorable neighbor not only for cherries but also for many other crops as its toxic secretions significantly reduce yields.
Raspberries, red currants, white and black currants, gooseberries, and sea buckthorn should be planted elsewhere. They have a powerful root system. Close proximity will create competition for moisture and nutrients.
On small plots of land, gardeners often plant orchard and garden crops together, thus making a fatal mistake. You should not plant a cherry tree in the middle of a potato patch because the tree's roots release substances that negatively affect the development of root crops. Crops of the nightshade family - tomatoes, eggplants, peppers - are prone to pests, often suffer from diseases and can infect trees.
Good neighbors for cherries
In general, cherries are quite unpretentious, so a number of plants will get along well. For example, you can arrange a garden by planting cherries or wild cherries of different types.
Plums and apricots will also do well alongside cherries. These trees have similar growing conditions, you just need to keep the planting distance at least 5 meters. It is important to remember that these should be low, homogeneous varieties that will not shade each other.
Along with cherries, you can plant cherry plum, spicy herbs, herbs, and perennials. The specific aroma of elderberry, mint, or lemon balm will repel pests, including cherry aphids. Snowdrops, lilies of the valley, primroses, violets, and marigolds will grow well in flower beds under the cherry tree.