How to Grow a Cherry Tree From Seeds

Updated February 21, 2017

Growing a fruit tree from seed takes many years of patience, and a cherry tree is no different. A cherry tree grown from seed will take many years to produce proper fruit. When choosing a cherry seed, select a sweet variety such as Stella, Sam or Gold if you wish to make candy or baked goods with the crop, or tart cherries for other purposes. Cherry seeds are available from garden centres, local cherry producers and from some cherry varieties from the store.

Dig a 6-inch hole in your desired site and fill the hole with water. Leave the water for 24 hours and check the hole. If the water is gone, the soil has adequate drainage for your cherry tree.

Collect your cherry seeds and place them in vermiculite six to eight weeks before planting. Moisten the vermiculite containing the seeds and place the mixture in a plastic bag. Put the bag in a refrigerator. Do not remove the seeds' hard shells.

Plant the cherry seed 1 inch deep. Place several seeds in a hole in case some do not germinate. Space tart cherry trees 20 to 24 feet apart and sweet cherry varieties 25 to 30 feet apart.

Cover the area with a thin layer of mulch and water the spot so the mulch and soil are moist. Allow the seed two to three weeks to germinate.

Thin out the seedlings, choosing the strongest seedling to grow. Remove the other seedling by plunging a knife into the dirt near the seedling and pulling it up using the knife blade as leverage.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Water
  • Cherry seed
  • Vermiculite
  • Plastic bag
  • Refrigerator
  • Knife
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