How to grow cherry trees from pits

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How to grow cherry trees from pits
Growing a cherry tree from a pit is simple. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Crock pot
  • Water
  • Cherry pits
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Potting soil
  • Container
  • Garden trowel
  • Garden hose

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

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