Rainier Sweet Cherry is prone to fruit cracking if heavy rains occur when the fruit is ripening. The thin skin makes it bruise easily when picked. It is not the easiest sweet cherry variety to grow. Rainier always commands a higher price on the open market due to these issues.
Despite this, it has a cult following among sweet cherry aficionados due to the very sweet and large-sized fruits that are known for their exceptional flavor and unique color. Considered by many to be the “King” of sweet cherry varieties.
Wisconsin is not a major sweet cherry growing region due to our harsh climate; however, sweet cherries are successfully grown in Door County (famous for tart cherry production) and S.E. Wisconsin. They are not foolproof and will not always produce a nice crop every year. We offer them to those willing to take the risk and want to enjoy luscious, sweet cherries produced in their yard when yearly growing conditions are favorable. Best planted in areas of zone 5 in Wisconsin.