How to Sprout Apricot Pits or Seeds

Overview

The apricot is a juicy, flavorful fruit that develops a complex sweet flavor when cooked or roasted. Related to the peach, the apricot has a slightly acidic or tart flavor. Gardeners who can't get enough apricots can save seeds to begin growing their own trees. While growing trees from seed is a long process, the sprouting portion is easy, free and does not require much hands-on time.

Step 1

Halve your apricots using a paring knife. Pick out the pit from each apricot with your fingers.

Step 2

Rise the pits under water to remove the fruit flesh. Let the pits dry out on a counter for two to three days.

Step 3

Crack the pit with a nut cracker or large knife. While peach pits are harder to crack, apricot pits crack easily. Inside the pit is a small, almond-shaped seed. Crack all pits and save these seeds.

Step 4

Soak your seeds in a jar of water overnight. Meanwhile, fill a sealable plastic bag with moistened soil or sand.

Step 5

Press the pits into the soil or sand and seal the bag. Leave the bag in your refrigerator to stratify the seeds. The cold temperature of the refrigerator mimics the cold climate of winter and forces the apricot seeds to sprout.

Step 6

Check on the apricot seeds once a month. The seeds should sprout within four months; remove the seedlings from the refrigerator at this time.

Step 7

Plant the sprouted seeds outdoors in the garden to begin growing your apricot trees from seeds. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep in the soil in a full-sun location. Water the planted seeds thoroughly, and continue to water them each time the soil dries out. Slowly, the sprouted seeds will mature into apricot trees.

Things You'll Need

  • Paring knife
  • Nutcracker or large knife
  • Jar
  • Sealable plastic bag
  • Soil or sand

References

  • Mother Earth News: Grow Free Fruit Trees
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