Need to prune the short cherry plant?

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  1. Outgoing

    Outgoing Seedling

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    I have a cherry plant about 20 inches tall.
    Do I need to cut it short if I want to keep it short and grow in pot (may transplant into big pot in future), make it grow more branches?
     

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  3. Tetters

    Tetters Seedling

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    What kind of Cherry tree is this @Outgoing ? Does it have a name on the label? Did you buy it as a particular variety, or is it a seedling from another tree in your garden?
     
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    Outgoing Seedling

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    I used the seeds from cherry I bought from grocery so forgot what kind of cherry it was.
     
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    marlingardener Mighty Oak

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    I'd leave it alone for now. Seedlings often don't branch out until they get to a certain stage, and yours may be pretty young to be pruned.
     



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    Odif Young Pine

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    Cherries from seeds do not usually breed true to type. Do not prune your tree yet, however when it is in its dormant phase, it would be a good time to transplant into a larger pot.
     
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    mart Strong Ash

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    May not even be a cherry ! Depends on what root stock was used if the cherries you bought came from a grafted tree ! But its worth waiting to see !
     
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    marlingardener Mighty Oak

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    Lordy, I hadn't even thought of the original being grafted! Thank heavens two more experienced (and brighter) members pointed out many fruit trees are grafted onto sturdier stock.
    Side story: when the guy across the road had one of his cows come over and graze on a newly planted apple tree right down to the ground, he told us "it will grow back." We pointed out that it might grow back but wouldn't be a Winesap so he was going to replace it, including digging the hole. After that he mended his fences.
     
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    Outgoing Seedling

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    Sorry what do you mean by dormant phase?
    Here is Australia is late spring, summer until March. I noticed this cherry plant grows fast in last month from 3 inches to 20 inches tall in 40 days. So I have to wait until June here (winter) ?
     
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    Odif Young Pine

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    Yup winter will be the time it is dormant. You can transplant it now if you wish. That will work fine I am sure.
     
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    Tetters Seedling

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    @Outgoing, if you want the plant to grow into a nicely shaped tall tree, you should leave it alone. Let it grow taller, and plant it outside in the ground. If you prune off the top it will grow like a bush - take the top out and it'll get fatter!
    Whereabouts in Australia are you?
     
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    Outgoing Seedling

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    I have to plant the cherry plant in a pot as my backyard has no enough space to plant in ground, can put a pot size up to 60cm though. I cannot let it grow too tall, may be up to 2 metre tall.
    I am in NSW.
     
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    Tetters Seedling

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    To be bluntly honest I wouldn't hope for too much from your tree in that case if you're hoping for fruit - but I really hope I'm wrong. It will keep growing away now as you have come into your main growing season. I would give it as much root space as possible now and see how it does. Lets hope it surprises you. I still don't reckon I would prune it though, as I think it would spoil the shape.
    Some years ago I lived in Oakville near Windsor and Riverstone, with a view over to the Blue Mountains. My son bought a house in Toongabbie.
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Your seedling will probably need to be treated like a large bonsai. Cherry trees get huge. Start planning the shape and style you’d like in the pot. Many varieties need a cross pollinator to fruit but you will always have flowers in spring. I have a couple of evergreen trees in very large outdoor pots that are decades old. They have moved around the yard and will move with me this winter.
     
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    So this is a slim chance that my plant will produce cherry fruit if grown from seedlings?
     

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