How to Grow an Almond Tree From a Seed

Overview

Almonds are tear-shaped nuts that grow on trees. They are a good source of protein, fiber and healthy fats including vitamin E. The vitamin E found in almonds is alpha-tocopherol, which is the type of vitamin E the human body absorbs best. If you love almonds and gardening, consider growing an almond tree in your yard.

Step 1

Fill a small bowl with warm water and place the almonds (shells removed) into the water. Let them sit in the water for 24 hours. Only use untreated raw almonds purchased in the shell. Almonds that are available at grocery stores are roasted, salted, and unsuitable for planting. To find an almond seed to plant, visit a raw food store or a plant and tree nursery.

Step 2

Drill at least one drainage hole in the bottom of your flower pot, if necessary. Use a masonry bit.

Step 3

Fill the flower pot with high-quality potting mix. Wet the potting mix thoroughly and allow the excess to drain out.

Step 4

Push the almond into the potting mix, about 1 inch deep. Lightly cover the seed with potting mix. Keep the potting mix moist (not wet) to encourage germination.

Step 5

Dig a planting hole outside in well-drained soil and fill it with water. If standing water remains in the hole an hour later, the drain rate is too slow to support an almond tree. Amend it by mixing in gardening sand and/or compost at a ratio of one-to-one to improve the drain rate.

Step 6

Transplant the almond sapling to the hole during January or February, once it is at least 12 inches tall. Dig a hole in the prepared area that is 1 inch deeper than the height of the pot, and 1 inch wider. Gently pull the sapling out of the pot and support its root ball as you lower it into the hole. The University of California Co-op Extension of Kern County recommends that you situate the sapling so it leans slightly into the wind. Fill the open spaces with soil.

Step 7

Fertilize only when the branches are at least 4 to 6 inches long. Fertilizer is not initially needed, because the almond seed provides the necessary nutrients that the sapling needs. Thereafter, fertilize with a nitrogen fertilizer.

Step 8

Keep the soil moist, but not wet for the first two weeks. At the change of each season, check the soil daily. Determine how many days it takes for the top inch of soil to dry out. This is how often you will need to water your almond tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Raw almond seed
  • Potting mix
  • Flower pot
  • Spade
  • Shovel

References

  • California Almonds: Amp it Up with Antioxidants
  • University of California Kern County Co-Op Extension: Almond Tree Planting
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About this Author

Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.