Growing Cherry Trees From Seed


Eating a cherry and then planting the seed can be an interesting experiment. When you plant the seed from a cherry you purchased at the store, you plant a hybrid seed. Hybrid seeds will not produce new plants that resemble the parent plant in appearance or taste, so the tree you grow may be different from the parent seed. To ensure you plant a cherry tree, purchase seeds guaranteed to produce the variety of cherry trees you desire.

Step 1

Fill the planting container with potting soil.

Step 2

Place one cherry seed in each planting container and cover the seed with ½ inch of potting soil.

Step 3

Set the container in a sunny window or in a sunny location outside if the temperature is over 60 degrees F.

Step 4

Keep the soil in the container evenly moist without allowing it to dry out between watering. Only water enough to moisten the soil---do not saturate.

Step 5

Move the container back inside as the growing season ends. Place it in a sunny window to continue the germination process. Cherry seeds may take up to 1.5 years to germinate.

Step 6

Transplant the cherry tree seedling to a sunny location in your landscape after it grows to a height of 8 to 10 inches. Dig a hole that is large enough to accommodate the small root ball of the seedling. Plant the seedling at the same depth as it was growing in the container. Keep soil around the cherry tree seedling evenly moist during the first growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Cherry seed
  • Potting soil
  • Planting container (10-inch diameter)
  • Shovel


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Who Can Help

  • Pre-Stratified Cherry Tree Seeds
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