How to Grow Cherry Trees From Seed

Overview

The cherry tree is a fruit tree that is native to Rome. The tree produces a small red berry with a single stony seed inside. Cherries have strong antioxidant properties with many healthy benefits. The fruit can help fight high blood pressure and lower cholesterol. Cherries have a very short growing period during the summer and can grow in nearly any temperate climate. The cherry tree is often one of the very first fruit trees to ripen during the growing season.

Step 1

Clean all of the fleshy fruit from off the seed and wash it under cool water. Make sure to get all of the meat off of the seed so that the seeds will be able to germinate and so there is no rot on the seeds.

Step 2

Place the seeds on a paper towel. Allow the seeds to dry in a cool dry place. This may take several days but the seeds should be completely dry.

Step 3

Place the cherries in airtight jars or plastic bags in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 months. It's best to store them in cold temperatures until you are ready to germinate them.

Step 4

Add a cup full of damp potting medium such as peat moss or sand. Return the seeds back into the refrigerator. Begin checking on the seeds several times a week for sprouting. When the seed begins to sprout, remove it from the refrigerator and place it into a small starter container.

Step 5

Plant the seedlings outside in well-drained soil after the last threat of frost. The seedling should be buried in a hole that completely covers the roots or approximately 2-3 inches into the soil.

Step 6

Water your new cherry trees twice a week. They should receive at least an inch of water each time. Do not allow the soil to completely dry out. You can apply a 2-inch layer of mulch to help hold the moisture into the soil between watering. The mulch will also help to control weeds around the base of the new trees.

Step 7

Apply a urea fertilizer in a circle that is approximately 3 inches away from the base of the tree when it reaches a height of around 12 inches. Use 1 tablespoon of fertilizer for every foot of cherry trees. The fertilizer is a 46-0-0 nitrogen fertilizer that is excellent for use in production of fruit. The result will be a sweeter fruit.

Things You'll Need

  • Cherries
  • Paper towels
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Plastic bag
  • Airtight jar
  • Mulch

References

  • Planting Cherry Seed
  • Growing Cherry Trees
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About this Author

Melanie Hammontree has a master's in business and is working on a master's in journalism from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Society for Porfessional Journalists and has been writing for five years. Works include publications with Hall County Crime Examiner, Player's Press and The Gainesville Times.