How to Plant Almond Seeds

Overview

Various types of trees produce nuts suitable for consumption. One type of tree that produces an edible nut is the almond tree. Almond trees blossom in the spring and produce nuts in the fall. These trees make an attractive addition to the yard and landscape. Although intricate grafting techniques produce most almond trees found in nurseries, you can plant your own trees from small almond seeds and enjoy watching them grow in your yard.

Step 1

Select a location for your almond trees. Choose an area that provides some protection from strong winds, but provides full exposure to sunlight. Don't plant your almond seeds in a low area that collects runoff from rain or snow. Almond trees don't grow well in wet soils.

Step 2

Prepare your soil for planting in the fall. Plant seeds outside before the beginning of winter. Test your soil to determine which nutrients are required for healthy plant growth. Purchase a soil test kit at your gardening center or local landscape business. Follow all directions on the package to complete the test. Incorporate any recommended soil treatments and additives into your selected site before planting your almond seeds. Remove weeds and vegetation from your selected site.

Step 3

Make a shallow trench in the prepared soil for planting multiple seeds. Dig your trench twice as deep as your seeds are long. Lay the seeds in the trench. Allow a few feet between each seed for healthy germination. Fill the trench in with soil. Cover the surface of the replaced soil with a layer of sand to prevent crusting of the surface.

Step 4

Place a length of thick cloth or wire screen over the planted almond seeds. Press the edges of the protective cover into the soil. Use this technique to keep mice and squirrels from digging up the planted almond seeds. Remove the cover in the spring after seedlings begin to emerge from the soil. Thin out your seedlings to allow a minimum distance of 24 feet between each small tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test kit
  • Soil treatments or additives
  • Garden shovel
  • Thick cloth or wire screen

References

  • Pennsylvania State University: Growing Trees from Seed
  • Cornell University: Almond
  • University of California: Almond
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