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Tips For Planting Cherry Seeds: Can You Grow A Cherry Tree Pit

If you’re a cherry lover, you’ve probably spit your share of cherry pits, or maybe it’s just me. At any rate, have you ever wondered, “Can you grow a cherry tree pit?” If so, how do you grow cherry trees from pits? Let’s find out.

Can You Grow a Cherry Tree Pit?

Yes indeed. Growing cherry trees from seed is not only an inexpensive way to grow a cherry tree, but it’s also lots of fun and delicious!

First, can you grow a cherry tree in your region? Cherry varieties are hardy through USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9, depending upon the type.

Now comes the hard part. Eat some cherries. That’s a tough one, huh? Use cherries from either a tree growing in the area or purchased from a farmers market. Cherries from the grocers are stored in such a way, refrigerated, that makes starting seeds from them unreliable.

Save the pits from the cherries you’ve just devoured and put them in a bowl of warm water. Let the pits soak for five minutes or so and then lightly scrub them free of any clinging fruit. Spread the clean pits out on a paper towel in a warm area and let them dry for three to five days, then transfer the dry pits to a plastic container, labeled and fitted with a tight lid. Store the pits in the refrigerator for 10 weeks.

Why are you doing this? Cherries need to go through a cold or stratification period that normally occurs naturally during the winter, prior to germination in the spring. Refrigerating the pits is artificially mimicking this process. Okay, seed planting of cherry trees is now ready to commence.

How to Grow Cherry Trees from Pits

Once the ten weeks has passed, remove the pits and allow them to come to room temperature. You are now ready for planting the cherry seeds. Put two to three pits into a small container filled with planting medium and water the seeds in. Keep the soil moist.

When the cherry seedlings are 2 inches (5 cm.) tall, thin them, removing the weakest plants and leaving the sturdiest seedling in the pot. Keep the seedlings in a sunny area indoors until all danger of frost has passed for your region, and then transplant outside. Multiple trees should be planted at least 20 (6 m.) feet apart.

Seed Planting Cherry Trees

Growing cherry trees from seed can also be attempted directly in the garden. In this method, you are skipping the refrigeration and letting the seeds go through a natural stratification process through the winter.

In the fall, gather the dried cherry pits and plant them outside. Plant a few since some may not germinate. Set the seeds 2 inches (5 cm.) deep and one foot (31 cm.) apart. Mark the planting sites.

In the spring, the pits will sprout. Wait until the seedlings are 8-12 inches (10 cm.) in height and then transplant them to their permanent site in the garden. Mulch well around the transplanted seedlings to retard weeds and aid in water retention.

And, there you have it! Planting cherry seeds is as simple as that! The difficult part is waiting for those luscious cherries.

If you are a cherry lover, you?ve probably spit your share of cherry pits, or maybe it?s just me. At any rate, have you ever wondered ?can you grow a cherry tree pit?? If so, how do you grow cherry trees from pits? This article will help.

How to Plant Cherry Seeds

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Commercial cherries are grown from grafts so the growers know exactly what they’re getting. This is because planting cherries from seeds may produce bitter fruit. Planting cherry pits is a project for home growers who want to take on a challenge and who are looking for an ornamental plant. To plant cherry seeds, plant the dried pit of a cherry in well-draining, neutral soil outdoors during the early fall, choosing a spot with plenty of sun and pressing the pit 1 inch (2.5 cm) beneath the soil. You may also wish to start the cherry seed indoors, and plant them outdoors in the spring. Keep in mind that cherry trees often grow to 25 ft (7.6 m) or taller, and you can’t always guarantee a bountiful harvest of fruit, so make sure you want that centerpiece in your yard!

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About This Article

To plant cherry seeds, first remove the pits from a few cherries. Soak the pits in warm water for 5 minutes, and scrub them clean with a toothbrush to remove any residue. Let the pits air dry on a paper towel for 3 days. Then, store them in the fridge for at least 10 weeks, since cherry seeds need time in the cold to germinate. After the last frost in your area, take the pits out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature. Fill a few small containers with potting soil and plant each pit in its own container, 2 inches (5 cm) beneath the surface of the soil. Water each pot thoroughly, and keep the soil damp by watering the pits every day. Once the seedlings sprout in 2-3 weeks, set them in a sunny area outside and continue watering them regularly so the soil stays moist. Once they’re about 10 inches (25 cm) tall, dig holes that are the same size as the seedling pots in a well-draining area outside. Make the holes at least 20 feet (6 m) away from each another. Then, transfer each seedling into the holes and fill them in with soil. Water them every other day for the first week, then 2-3 times the second week. Afte rthat, water each seedling at least once a week for the rest of the growing season. Your cherry seedlings will grow into trees and start producing fruit in roughly 8 years. Keep reading for advice from our Gardener reviewer on how to transplant and care for the growing trees!

Commercial cherries are grown from grafts so the growers know exactly what they're getting. This is because planting cherries from seeds may produce bitter fruit. Planting cherry pits is a project for home growers who want to take on a…