How to Plant a Cherry Tree From a Pit


Like most fruits, cherry pits can contain a viable seed. Cherry trees grown from seeds are excellent indoor decorative trees or outdoor shade trees. Unfortunately, most cherry trees are a hybrid, which means their seeds will not produce the same kind of cherry tree. In many cases, the tree will not produce edible fruit, and if it does, it will take at least five years.

Step 1

Collect and clean some cherry pits. Remove all fruit tissue from the pits.

Step 2

Soak 1 cup of sphagnum moss in warm water for two hours. Fill a coffee mug halfway full with sphagnum moss. Place the cherry pits on top of the sphagnum moss, and cover them with more moss.

Step 3

Cover the mug with plastic wrap and set it into your refrigerator for two-and-a-half months. Check the mug once a month for moisture. If the moss feels dry, add 2 tbsp. of cool water to the moss.

Step 4

Fill some small terra cotta pots with potting soil, and place one pit into each pot. The pits should be placed 2 inches down into the soil.

Step 5

Moisten the soil, and cover the pot with plastic wrap. Set the pot in a warm, light place. Do not place the pots where there is direct sunlight.

Step 6

Remove the plastic wrap once the seeds sprout, and place them at a sunny window. Water the plants regularly whenever the pot's soil dries out to 1 inch below the surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Cherry pits
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Coffee mug
  • Plastic wrap
  • Potting soil
  • Small terra cotta pots


  • New Mexico State University: Growing Cherry Pits
  • Thrifty Fun: Starting a Cherry Tree From a Pit
Keywords: cherry pit, planting cherry seeds, growing cherry trees

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