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How to Grow Apricot Trees From Seeds

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Overview

If you're wondering if you can plant the seed from that delicious apricot you just ate, the answer is yes. Although the easiest way to grow an apricot tree is to begin with a young tree from a greenhouse or nursery, it is possible to grow them from seeds. However, growing an apricot tree from seed will take quite a bit longer, and the resulting fruit may not taste anything like the original apricot. If you're successful, at the very least, you'll have a decorative tree with lovely green foliage.

Step 1

Save the seed from an apricot and soak it in water for 24 hours. Wrap the wet apricot seed in a damp paper towel, put it in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator for at least a month.

Step 2

Choose a planting container for the apricot seed. Any container will work as long as it has adequate drainage. You can even poke a few holes in the bottom of a clean cardboard milk carton.

Step 3

Fill the planting container with a mixture of half commercial potting soil and half sphagnum moss. Plant the apricot seed about 1 inch down in the soil.

Step 4

Put the container in an area where it will receive filtered sunlight until the apricot seed sprouts. At this time, move the container to a sunny window.

Step 5

Keep the apricot tree indoors until mid-summer, and then plant it in a sunny place in well-drained soil. If you have squirrels, cover the seedling with wire. Water the seedling about once a week, but don't soak the roots, because apricot trees are subject to root rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bag
  • Container
  • Potting soil
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Chicken wire

References

  • Growing Apricot Trees
  • Grow Free Fruit Trees
  • How To Grow Fruit Trees From Seed
Keywords: apricot seed, tree, potting soil

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a longtime writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the "East-Oregonian Newspaper" and "See Jane Run" magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.