I have a 10+ years old sweet cherry tree. I applied only minimal pruning throughout these years, and it grew (by itself) into a beautiful natural-looking 6m/20ft high pyramidal tree, with central leader and almost horizontal main branches. The cultivar is unknown. It flowers late, relative to other cherries in the area. Actually, there is no other cherry in the immediate vicinity, the closest one is maybe 300m/0.2miles afar. There are some sour cherries nearby though, that flower approximately at the same time as my sweet cherry.
However, there is a big problem: After flowering, the fruit is created (small greenish balls), and it starts growing - but, after a week or two, almost all fruit simply shrinks, and all is left are kernels. It happens with 98% of the fruit. I am left with just a handful of cherries each year. They look and taste normal for a cherry. This happens year after year after year.
I suspect two things:
Even though the fruit starts growing, perhaps my cherry tree is not pollinated properly, and this causes fruit shrinking.
Perhaps the culprit is some virus/bacteria. In my area, moniliosis is a common fruit decease, perhaps my cherry picked it up somehow.
What do you think?