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How to Grow Almond Trees From Seed

By Bridget Kelly ; Updated September 21, 2017

Almonds are one of the most expensive nuts on the market, available raw, roasted and even boiled. If you are a fan of the almond, growing them in your yard can help you get your fill without breaking the bank. For best results, find an almond that has fallen from a tree or purchase imported almonds. Start your almond seed indoors three months prior to the date of your last frost.

Soak the almond overnight in warm water.

Split the seed along the seam, just a fraction of an inch. You just want to open a very small hole in the outer seed. Using a nutcracker, with gentle pressure, should be sufficient.

Mix together equal parts of peat moss and sand and moisten it well. Pour it into an airtight container, such as a margarine tub.

Push the almond seed into the soil until it is completely buried. Place the lid on the container and place it in the refrigerator. Allow it to remain in the refrigerator for 12 weeks.

Choose a location in the garden in which you will grow your almond tree. It will need lots of sunshine, and the ground will need to be thawed enough to work.

Prepare the soil in the planting area by digging it up to a depth of 12 inches. Add a 3-inch layer of compost and a 2-inch layer of coarse sand, and mix well with the soil. Level the area.

Plant the almond seed 2 to 3 inches deep. Water the area well with a fine mist from the hose.

Water the seedling every 10 to 14 days if the weather is dry.


Things You Will Need

  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Nutcracker
  • Small container, such as a margarine tub, with a lid
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Compost

About the Author


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.