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How to Plant a Cherry Seed

By Greg Lindberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

When it comes to planting a cherry seed, it can be as simple as gathering the pits from cherries to plant. Popular varieties of cherries that gardeners like to grow include white, Bing, Rainer and black cherries. You can also purchase these varieties of seeds online, at a gardening store or a nursery that specializes in cherries. Cherry trees, like other small fruits, need an abundance of sunshine to grow with little to no shade. Also, cherry trees are susceptible to fungal diseases like verticillium wilt, so you must plant it in a healthy location.

Remove the pits from the cherries with your hand or a cherry pitter. Wash the pits thoroughly under warm water. Set the seeds in paper towels and place them in an area where you can let them dry for two to three days.

Remove any pulp that may still be stuck to the seeds and then place them in a loosely covered jar. Keep the jars in your refrigerator at 40 degrees F for at least eight weeks.

Mix the seeds with peat moss and moisten them after the eight weeks have passed. Place the seeds back into the refrigerator to store until the threat of hard frost has passed.

Dig a hole in soil, 1/2 inch deep and 1/4 inch wide. Choose a location that will offer plenty of sun and where the soil is well-drained. Plant the seeds twice as deep as the diameter of the seed.

Cover the hole with soil. Water the soil immediately with a 1/2 cup of water. Continue watering two to three times a day, but do not flood the seed bed.

Wait for a up to a year for germination. Add fertilizer to the seed bed, but apply it at least 3 inches away from the seedling.


Things You Will Need

  • Paper towels
  • Jar
  • Peat moss
  • Fertilizer