How to Plant Apricot Seeds

Overview

The best apricot seeds for home gardening are those harvested from mature fruit grown locally. However, while relatively easy to grow, apricots cannot be taken straight from the table to the soil. Apricot seeds must be stratified in order to break their dormancy and counteract any sprouting inhibitors. Once in the ground, apricot trees take three to four years to fruit. But in the meantime, you can enjoy the heart-shaped leaves and pink and white flowers that make the medium-sized apricot a popular ornamental tree.

Step 1

Prepare the soil. Use a shovel to dig a hole that is 3 feet in diameter and 3 feet deep. Mix half of the excavated soil with compost and then refill the hole. Tamp the soil down with your feet to remove any air pockets.

Step 2

Wash any clinging flesh off of the apricot pit and leave it in a cool, dark place for five days, or until it is visibly dry.

Step 3

Carefully crack open the apricot pit with a nutcracker and extract the apricot seed.

Step 4

Soak the seed in water for three days. Change the water daily.

Step 5

Line a plastic bag with 2 inches of moistened peat moss. Place the apricot seed on top of the peat moss and cover it with another 2 inches of moistened peat moss. Put it in your refrigerator's vegetable crisper drawer for at least three months.

Step 6

Plant the apricot seed in spring. Bury it 2 inches deep directly in the center of the hole you dug in step 1. Water the soil so it is moist to a depth of 4 inches. Keep the soil moist with regular watering until the apricot seed germinates in 3 to 4 weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Nutcracker
  • Peat moss
  • Plastic bag
  • Compost
  • Hoe

References

  • ApricotFacts.com
  • MotherEarthNews.com: Grow Fruit Trees
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