Most people who love fruit have tried, or thought of trying, to plant their favorites at least once. Most people fail because they take the seeds straight from the fruit and put them into the ground thinking that is all there is. Because of this, important steps that must be followed are missed. In order to plant seeds from fruit, you must follow procedures to ensure success. Fruit trees take 3 months to get started from seed when done correctly.
Figure out which fruits you want to plant. Pick something you will enjoy for years to come and can care for. Find ripe fruit of the varieties you want; the best fruits to pick seeds from are those that are ripe enough to allow the seeds to be removed without clinging to the fruit.
Fill the bowl halfway with water. Remove the seeds, or pit, from the fruit. If you are using a pit, crack the pit with the vice grips enough to give the seeds inside air. Place the seeds or pit into the bowl of water. Let the seeds sit overnight.
Drain the seeds or pit in a strainer. Place the seeds on a paper towel and pat dry. Set aside as you complete the next step.
Place potting soil or pure mulch into the zipper storage bag to the halfway point. Poke a finger-sized hole in the middle of the soil. Place one seed per bag. If using pits, plant the entire pit with the opening facing up. Cover the seed with soil and dampen the soil with water enough to be moist but not muddy.
Place the zipper storage bags side by side on a shelf in the refrigerator; avoid putting the bags in the rear of the shelf because they can freeze. The seeds will need a range of 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit to germinate in the soil. Water the seeds weekly and continue to check on growth every 30 days. When you see tiny white roots in the dirt along the sides of the bag, this will be evidence of the seed rooting.
Move the bags to a window shelf once rooting is spotted so the seedlings can get sunlight. They will need an average temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain growth at this point. Keep them here, and continue watering weekly until you see sprouts emerging from the top of the soil.
Prepare the milk cartons by washing them out with hot water. Let them dry before continuing. Once dry, cut the milk cartons in half with the knife. Discard the upper half. Place potting soil into each carton up to three-quarters full.
Dig a hole in the center of the soil with a spoon. Transfer the sapling from the bag to the carton, being careful with the root system. Gently place the sapling into the new soil and cover the roots with soil. Gently tap down the soil over the roots and water the soil until moist.
Put the containers on the window shelf. Allow the saplings to reach a height of 3 inches before planting, or after the last frost before spring. Continue watering weekly during this time.
Plant the saplings when ready in the ground. Dig a hole 1 inch larger in diameter than the milk carton. Cut away the sides of the carton with a knife and place the tree into the hole. Cover with soil and water gently.
Things You Will Need
- Fruit seeds or pit
- Vice grips
- Potting soil or mulch
- Zipper storage bag
- Cardboard milk carton