How to Make Cherry Seeds Grow Indoors

Growing cherry trees from the seeds of cherries bought in the grocery store won't produce a fruiting tree that matches the original fruit. Many commercial cherries have been cultivated and grafted to root stock in order to produce the desired shape, size and flavor. Growing seeds will produce a cherry tree that blooms and may produce tasty cherries as well. Regardless of the flavor of the resulting fruit, growing a tree from the pit produces an interesting houseplant and provides a great activity for teaching children about seeds and germination.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel Soft brush Plant pots All-purpose potting soil Perlite Plastic storage bag

Instructions

    • 1

      Remove the seeds from the cherry and soak them in tepid water to remove any residue. Scrub with a soft brush and rinse them clean. Place them in a glass of warm water to soak for 2 days. Change the water twice a day.

    • 2

      Moisten a paper towel and place the seeds on the towel. Roll to form a cylinder. Place the towel in a plastic storage bag and seal it.

    • 3

      Place the bag in the refrigerator for at least 90 days. Cherry seeds require a 90- to 120-day period of cold weather to germinate. Check the paper towel periodically and keep it slightly moist throughout the chilling process.

    • 4

      Remove the bag in 90 days and prepare for planting your cherry seeds. Select a pot that is at least 8 inches deep and fill it with equal parts perlite and all-purpose potting soil. Plant the seeds to a depth of 1/4 inch and cover them with soil. Firm the soil down with your hands to remove air pockets and water thoroughly.

    • 5

      Place the containers on a sunny windowsill. Keep the soil evenly moist and wait for the seeds to sprout. This can take from 3 months to 18 months, depending on the cultivar you are growing.
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