How to Plant a Cherry Pit


A cherry tree in the yard gives beautiful flowers in the spring and tasty fruit in the summer. Only the sour cherry will reproduce true from the pit of the fruit; other cherry types may be sweeter or more bitter, depending on the rootstalk and grafting of the original tree. When attempting to grow cherry trees from the pits, always plant multiple pits as some may not germinate.

Step 1

Wash the cherry pits to remove any pulp from the seed.

Step 2

Place the cherry pits in a storage container and cover with the lid.

Step 3

Set the container in the coldest part of your refrigerator and allow the pits to stratify, or chill, for at least 3 to 5 months.

Step 4

Dig holes in the desired area 1/2 to 1-inch deep using a garden spade or shovel. The best time to do this is in the late fall or early spring.

Step 5

Place the pits in the holes and cover with 1/2 inch of soil. Water the soil until it is moist to the touch. If planting in the fall, the seedling should emerge in the spring. If spring planting, the seedlings should emerge in 2 to 3 weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Storage container with lid
  • Garden spade or shovel


  • New Mexico State University: Growing Cherry Pits (halfway down the page)
  • Iowa State University Extension: Germination of Tree Seed
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