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How to Grow Cherry Trees From Pits

By Lisa Parris ; Updated September 21, 2017

Cherry trees are one of nature’s finest creations. Each spring, the branches are filled with fragrant and beautiful blossoms and the wood from the cherry tree is thought by many to be one of carpentry’s finest materials. Additionally, the fruit of the cherry tree is delicious and nutritious. Each tasty cherry is packed with vitamin C, beta carotene and caner fighting anti-oxidants. With this many pluses, it’s easy to understand why anyone with a yard would want to grow their own. All you need are a few cherry pits, a little patience and a lot of time.

Obtain at least ¼ pound of two different types of fresh cherries. It is important to have more than one variety and to keep them separated throughout the process as most cherry trees require a cross pollinator to successfully produce fruits. Try to get your cherries from local orchards, if possible.

Remove the pits from the cherries and then place them in a bowl of warm water. Allow the pits to soak for 5 minutes and then gently scrub to remove any remaining debris.

Spread the cleaned cherry pits on a paper towel and place them in a warm location. Allow them to dry for 3 to 5 days.

Transfer the dry cherry pits into a plastic storage container. Label the lid of the container with the contents and the date. Then place the container in the refrigerator for at least 10 weeks.

Remove the chilled cherry pits and allow them to come to room temperature. Place two to three stones into a small container of planting medium such as a peat pot or a small paper cup filled with compost.

Water the seeds and wait. Keep the planting medium moist until seedlings emerge. When the seedlings reach two inches in height, thin the plants; pull the weaker plants and leave the sturdiest seedling in the pot.

Keep the seedlings in a sunny location indoors until all danger of frost has passed, then move them to the outdoors. Plant the trees at least 20 feet apart.


Things You Will Need

  • 2 types of cherry pits
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Plastic storage container
  • Growing medium

About the Author


Lisa Parris is a writer and former features editor of "The Caldwell County News." Her work has also appeared in the "Journal of Comparative Parasitology," "The Monterey County Herald" and "The Richmond Daily News." In 2012, Parris was honored with awards from the Missouri Press Association for best feature story, best feature series and best humor series.