How to grow cherry trees from pits

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.

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.