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How to grow cherry trees from pits

Updated February 21, 2017

Cherries grow on a variety of trees around the world, and are as prized for their ornamental beauty as they are for their fruits. The tree produces fleshy red fruit with a single seed, known as a cherry stone or pit. A new tree can be started from this pit fairly easily by following the steps below.

Put the cherry pits in a crock pot filled with lukewarm water. Soak the seeds for 24 hours.

Bag the moist cherry pits in a plastic sandwich bag and store refrigerate them at approximately 3.89 degrees C (39 degrees F) for five months. Cherry pits, like most fruit bearing seeds, require chilling before they will germinate.

Place each seed in a container of moist, well-drained potting soil and bury it to twice the depth of the seed's size.

Move the container outdoors in a sunny location and wait for the seeds to sprout. For some cherry seeds, this can take up to two years.

Select a sunny location for your seedling in well-drained soil and full sun. After it has grown to the point that it bears two leaves, transplant it into the ground. Dig a hole in the ground with a garden trowel and place the root ball of the plant in the hole. Cover the root ball with soil and water well.

Things You'll Need

  • Crock pot
  • Water
  • Cherry pits
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Potting soil
  • Container
  • Garden trowel
  • Garden hose
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Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.